Healthcare ReformLast modified: May 4, 2012
SPEAKERS BUREAU FOR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FORMED
Healthcare Reform Forum members are ready to speak at various community groups about the Affordable Care Act, specifically, highlighting the reasons for its passage. A basic presentation is about 35 minutes in length pointing out the moral issues which justify the need for a national healthcare law. Resources provided by a non-profit, non-partisan Faithful Reform in Health Care organization are the basis for this presentation. Contact Karen Metcalf to schedule a presentation for your group or friends.
LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN
• The second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act is March 23.
• The Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act will take place the following week, March 26-28.
• PACG, along with over 60 other organizations, signed an amicus brief supporting the challenge to the expansion of Medicaid in the Affordable Care Act.
• The state of Illinois is considering cuts of over $2 billion from Medicaid funding.
• The Illinois legislature is working to establish the relative roles for consumers and insurance company representatives in the body that will govern the state-run insurance marketplace (“exchange”) set up under the Affordable Care Act.
• Over 2 million young people have been allowed to stay on their parents’ health care insurance because of the Affordable Care Act.
• Children age 18 and under can no longer be denied insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions.
• Lifetime caps on insurance coverage have been eliminated.
• A large array of no-cost or low-cost screenings is now covered by Medicare.
• Under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, in 2014, up to 32 million uninsured people will have health insurance.
Health care equity and justice issues are still in the headlines. Have you or your family benefited from any of the changes already in place under the Affordable Care Act? What is at stake at the state or national level if progress is reversed and/or cuts are made? What core values are at stake?
The PACG Health Care Reform Forum wants YOU to weigh in on some aspect of these issues with a letter to the editor. We believe it is time for our local progressive community to speak out, in an organized way, to the Quad Cities, but we need your help. The campaign will work as follows:
1. Reach out to members of PACG as a group, starting with this e-mail.
2. Suggest ideas for letters (above).
3. Make telephone calls to a significant number of our members to persuade them to write a letter.
4. Provide, on request, information and factual resources for letter writers (and, if requested, editorial assistance) and update this information as needed.
5. Act as a central clearing house of letters written through this campaign.
6. Report back periodically on the progress of the campaign.
Supporters of PACG have strong opinions and principles. Even if you have never written a letter to the editor in the past, here is an opportunity to put the ACTION into your support of PACG. Click on the Resources tab at the PACG website and then on MAP for tips on writing effective letters to the editor. You don’t have to be an expert; you do have to believe that these issues matter.
Facilitator, Health Care Reform Forum
Progressive Actions for the Common Good
HEALTH CARE BRIEFS ON THE NEW LAW: WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? AND FOR OTHERS?
A Foundation on which to Build. The new Health Care Affordability Act is not perfect, but it is a foundation on which to build a more complete reform. For instance in the heat of the August 2009 congressional health care debate a rational provision to include and pay for consultations by patients and families with their doctors about treatment options and widely recommended “advance directives” for end of life care were included in the plan. Those opposed to reform promptly labeled such consultations as “death panels” even though they left the decisions up to the patients and families. In the furor and misstatements, the provision was dropped. With the new law in place we can now work to restore this provision and make other improvements (and corrections) based on experience, not partisan debate.
–from Faithful Reform in Health Care (www.faithfulreform.org)
These brief summaries of benefits in the new health care law were prepared by Progressive Action for the Common Good of the Quad Cities, based on research by Faithful Reform in Health Care which represents many churches and other faith communities. (See the list of members on their website.) Faithful Reform seeks to speak the “whole truth” about health care issues instead of the many half truths that abound. If you, or someone you know, has had a personal experience with this or another benefit of the new law, please share it with the Health Care Reform Forum of PACG (firstname.lastname@example.org).