Today's News

APHA applauds prevention and wellness provisions in House health reform bill (11/12)

November 12, 2009
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

The American Public Health Association (APHA), in a press statement, applauded the prevention and wellness provisions in the health reform bill passed recently by the House.

“With passage of this bill, the House takes important steps toward universal coverage, supporting important insurance reforms and moving our health system from one that focuses on treating the sick to one that focuses on keeping people healthy,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “However, we urge Congress to take another look and ensure that women have access to the full range of reproductive health services in any health reform measure enacted.”

Earlier this year, APHA released its 2009 Agenda for Health Reform, which outlines APHA’s top priorities for health reform legislation. The Affordable Health Care for America Act takes important steps toward addressing many of these priority issues, including:
  • Expanding health insurance coverage to include 96 percent of all Americans, barring insurance companies from discriminating against people based on pre-existing medical conditions and limiting premium age rating for older Americans;
  • Creating a mandatory funding stream of $34 billion for a Prevention and Wellness Trust to strengthen core public health activities at the state and local level;
  • Creating a “public option” insurance program as a competitive option to private insurance;
  • Expanding the Medicaid program to cover individuals up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, about $33,075 for a family of four;
  • Requiring Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers to provide first dollar coverage for highly rated, evidence‐based preventive health services;
  • Prioritizing reducing health disparities in the prevention and wellness strategy and community services grants; and
  • Addressing the need for primary care, nursing and public health professionals.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

ASSE's Safety 2013 Review

A photo gallery from the Las Vegas Convention Center, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 24 to 27. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

THE MAGAZINE

ISHN Magazine

ishn april 2014 issue cover

2014 April

In this month's issue of ISHN, check out features about safety in the oil and gas industry.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - January 2014

ISHN0114_FDO_cov.jpgFor Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THEJANUAYR 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.