As our country continues to struggle with finding sustainable solutions to a looming healthcare crisis, our Health Care Team is hard at work advocating for ideas that work. The League’s Position on health care, in brief, as announced by National Board, April 1993 and supplemented by concurrence, June 2016 is as follows:
The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents. Other U.S. health care policy goals should include the equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology, and a reasonable total national expenditure level for health care.
The LWVUS acknowledges Behavioral Health as the nationally accepted term that includes both mental illness and substance use disorder. Hallmarks include: access and affordability for all people and care that is integrated and achieves parity with physical health care; early diagnosis and treatment for children and adolescents that is community based and family focused; effective re-entry planning and follow-up for people released from both behavioral health hospitalization and the criminal justice system.
Read more about the LWVUS position on health care, including behavioral health is here in Impact on Issues 2016-18.
In March of 2017 the League of Women Voters of Larimer County hosted two meetings on the Affordable Care Act Benefits and Challenges along with an overview of improved medicare for all legislation were held for members and the community. Presentations from the meetings are below. Click on the titles to view slides from each of the talks.
- Affordable Care Act Benefits to Colorado Beth DeHaven, LWV member
- Medicare For All Glenn Pearson, MD League member and Past President of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)
- Could Medicare for All be the Best Solution? Carol Jessop, MD League member (slides forthcoming).
In April 22, 2017 LWVLC hosted a Legislative Town Hall in Fort Collins at the Old Town Library. Presenters gave overviews of the Affordable Care Act in Colorado and federal challenges to repeal and replace it in the Congress. Three of the presentations are archived here. Click on the presentation title to view slides from the talks.
- Health Care – What’s Next? Elisabeth Arenales, Esq. Colorado Center on Law and Policy
- Repeal and Replace, But How? Joe Hanel, Colorado Health Institute
- Providing Critical Health Care Choices in a Time of Uncertainty Joshua Ewing, Colorado Hospital Association
In addition to these public talks, the Health Care Team offers the following resources to help you become informed and make decisions that are right for you regarding healthcare and healthcare legislation.
Organizations and News Sources
Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) is a statewide, non-partisan, non-profit, membership organization working so all Coloradans can get affordable, high-quality and equitable health care. CCHI represents 50 nonprofit organizations—mobilizing well over 500,000 consumers—to shape effective health care policy.
Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations. We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public.
Physicians for a National Health Program is a non-profit research and education organization of 20,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance. They propose to replace the ACA with a publicly financed National Health Program that would fully cover medical care for all Americans, while lowering costs by eliminating the profit-driven private insurance industry with its massive overhead. H.R. 676 “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act”, currently before Congress, reflects this plan.
VOX News is a general interest news site for the 21st century. Its mission is simple: Explain the news. Politics, public policy, world affairs, pop culture, science, and business. Reporter Sarah Kliff is a Senior Editor writing about health care. On January 6, President Barack Obama sat down with VOX News for one of his final interviews before leaving the White House. The subject was the Affordable Care Act.
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Updated: May 2017