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Conference Of Churches Universal Health Care Presentation 1 Conference Of Churches Universal Health Care Presentation 1 Presentation Transcript

  • Universal Health Care Access A Right Not a Privilege
  • The Problem
  • Connecticut’s Health Care System: A Need For Bold Change
  • The Health Care Crisis
    • The rate of growth is not sustainable
    • Families can’t afford increasing costs
    • Small businesses can’t afford the premiums and the unpredictable cost increases
    • Health-related bankruptcies are skyrocketing
    • Doctors and hospitals can’t absorb any more uncompensated care
    • The uninsured and underinsured are getting too little care too late at too high a price
  • Premium costs are out of reach for many
    • From 2000 to 2004, CT workers’ health premiums grew by 56% while wages grew by only 14%
    • CT is the 6th most expensive state in the US for family health insurance premiums and 12th most expensive for individual coverage
    Source: AHRQ, Health Affairs , Lewin Group, OHCA
  • Who isn’t covered?
  • One in nine CT residents is uninsured
    • 365,000 CT residents are uninsured – more than the combined populations of New Haven PLUS Hartford PLUS Waterbury PLUS Middletown
    • The number is rising – 50,000 more residents were uninsured in 2004 than in 2003 - more than the population of nine out of ten CT municipalities – and things are likely to get worse rather than better
    Sources: US Census, CT DOL, Families USA
  • CT’s Uninsured:
    • Most are working people
    • Most want coverage but can’t afford it
    • Many work for small businesses
    • Many are young, age 19 to 29, often too old to remain on parents’ plan or HUSKY
    • Many are near-elderly, age 55 to 64, hoping to stay well until they become eligible for Medicare
    Source: OHCA
  • Why are people uninsured?
    • Most can’t afford insurance
    • Employers don’t provide it
    • High cost of individual or family premiums,
    • Many can’t afford their share of the costs for their employer-sponsored plan
    • Many have a pre-existing condition making health care coverage hard to obtain
    Source: Kaiser Commission
  • Even if you’re covered, you can be under-insured
    • If you are insured, you still have co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance. Sometimes the services you need are not covered
    • Half of all bankruptcies are due to high medical bills – and most of those are among people who HAVE health insurance
  • Any of us can lose our insurance
    • Many people are just a pink slip away from being uninsured
    • People lose insurance when they
      • Lose a job
      • Graduate from school,
      • Get married or divorced
    • Suffer a major illness or accident
    Source: OHCA, IOM
  • High administrative costs add to health care spending
    • Government programs spend less on administration than private programs
    Sources: CMS, DOI, DSS
  • Our health care spending is not sustainable for our economy
    • In 1980, national health expenditures were 8.8% of Gross Domestic Product. By 2014 they are predicted to be 18.7%
    Sources: Mapping Health and Insurance Coverage in CT, CMS US health care total spending projections
  • The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country Source: Health Affairs Health care consumes 16 cents of every dollar in the US economy
  • Our health outcomes are worse than countries that spend much less Source: World Health Organization
  • Taxpayers already pay for a large share of CT’s health care Source: Mapping Health Spending and Insurance Coverage in CT Sources of CT health Care Spending, CT 2005
  • Medical debt can destroy lives…
    • Out of pocket costs are up 62% since 1993
    • Four out of ten adults under age 65 have problems related to medical bills or debt
    • Half of American bankruptcies are triggered by medical bills
    Sources: Kaiser Family Fndn, Health Affairs, Access Project
  • Medical debt kills…
    • Adults with medical debt are three times more likely to skip a recommended test or treatment and twice as likely not to fill a prescription due to cost
    • People with medical debt are just as likely to have employer coverage, but they have fewer benefits
    Sources: Kaiser Family Fndn, Health Affairs, Access Project
  • What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God? Micah 6:8
  • Where Do We Start?
  • Why not cover everyone?
    • Address this moral issue by providing all residents access to quality care
    • Encourages the use of preventative care and early diagnostic services that enhance lives and save money
    • Free up emergency rooms for real emergencies
  • Health Care for Everyone
    • Stabilize the system that is now increasingly unpredictable
    • Reduce health care costs by increasing the buying power of consumers and by reducing illness
  • We can afford to cover everyone
    • Economists estimate that covering everyone would SAVE the United States between $320.5 billion and $1.1 trillion over a decade
    • Companies that operate in Canada, with universal health care, save an estimated $4 per hour per worker on health insurance costs compared to the US
    • The Institute of Medicine estimates that the US economy loses $65 to $130 billion each year in productivity due to workers’ lack of coverage
    Sources: Nat. Coalition on Health Care, Washington Post, IOM
  • Other states are doing it
    • Massachusetts
    • Maine
    • Illinois
    Sources: States of ME, IL, MA
  • Health Care Reform means…
    • Secure access to health insurance for those who lack it
    • Improvement in cost-effectiveness and quality health care
    • Health care that is affordable for everyone!
  • Why is Universal Healthcare important?
    • We all pay for inefficiency and those uninsured now.
    • Thousands of residents are just a paycheck away from being uninsured.
  • The Institute of Medicine defines Universal Health Care as a system that:
    • Includes everyone;
    • Is continuous and portable from job to job, employment to unemployment;
    • Is affordable to individuals, especially those with limited income;
    • Is affordable and sustainable to society;
    • and Enhances health and well-being.
  • Working together. Changing lives.
    • We each can make a difference.
    • Surveys show that policymakers trust their constituents -- people from the real world -- far more than lobbyists, advocates, even “experts”
    • Go to the website www. and sign up to be a part of the campaign for universal health care
    • Get the tools at the health advocacy toolbox
  • What You Can Do?
    • Stay Informed ;
    • Host a Community Forum on Universal Health Care to educate your congregation and region [sign up today!];
    • Encourage people of faith and goodwill to contact state legislators and inspire them to provide health care for everyone;
    • Meet with public officials yourself and urge them to work on health care reform;
  • “ You must be the Change you wish to see in the World.” -- Mahatma Gandhi
  • Together We Can Make a Difference!!!
    • Together we can make affordable, quality health care accessible to all residents.