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 <ul><li>The rate of growth is not sustainable  </li></ul><ul><li>Families can’t afford increasing c...
<ul><li>Health-related bankruptcies are skyrocketing </li></ul><ul><li>Doctors and hospitals can’t absorb any more uncompe...
Premium costs are out of reach for many <ul><li>From 2000 to 2004, CT workers’ health premiums grew by 56% while wages gre...
Who isn’t covered?
One in nine CT residents is uninsured <ul><li>365,000 CT residents are uninsured – more than the combined populations of N...
CT’s Uninsured:  <ul><li>Most are working people </li></ul><ul><li>Most want coverage but can’t afford it </li></ul><ul><l...
Why are people uninsured? <ul><li>Most can’t afford insurance  </li></ul><ul><li>Employers don’t provide it  </li></ul><ul...
Even if you’re covered,  you can be under-insured <ul><li>If you are insured, you still have co-pays, deductibles, and co-...
Any of us can lose our insurance <ul><li>Many people are just a pink slip away from being uninsured </li></ul><ul><li>Peop...
High administrative costs add to  health care spending <ul><li>Government programs spend less on administration than priva...
Our health care spending is  not sustainable for our economy <ul><li>In 1980, national health expenditures were 8.8% of Gr...
The U.S. spends more on health care  than any other country Source: Health Affairs Health care consumes 16 cents of every ...
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 S...
Medical debt can destroy lives… <ul><li>Out of pocket costs are up 62% since 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Four out of ten adults...
Medical debt kills… <ul><li>Adults with medical debt are three times more likely to skip a recommended test or treatment a...
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? <ul><li>Address this moral issue by providing all residents access to quality care </li></ul><ul><...
Health Care for Everyone <ul><li>Stabilize the system that is now increasingly unpredictable </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce heal...
We can afford to cover everyone   <ul><li>Economists estimate that covering everyone would SAVE the United States between ...
Other states are doing it <ul><li>Massachusetts  </li></ul><ul><li>Maine  </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois </li></ul>Sources: St...
Health Care Reform means… <ul><li>Secure access to health insurance for those who lack it  </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement i...
Why is Universal Healthcare important? <ul><li>We all pay for inefficiency and those uninsured now. </li></ul><ul><li>Thou...
The Institute of Medicine defines Universal Health Care as a system that: <ul><li>Includes everyone; </li></ul><ul><li>Is ...
Working together.  Changing lives. <ul><li>We each can make a difference. </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys show that policymakers...
What You Can Do? <ul><li>Stay Informed ; </li></ul><ul><li>Host a Community Forum on Universal Health Care to educate your...
“ You must be the Change you wish to see in the World.”   -- Mahatma Gandhi
Together We Can Make a Difference!!! <ul><li>Together we can make affordable, quality health care accessible to all reside...
 
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    1. 2. Universal Health Care Access A Right Not a Privilege
    2. 3. The Problem
    3. 4. Connecticut’s Health Care System: A Need For Bold Change
    4. 5. The Health Care Crisis <ul><li>The rate of growth is not sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Families can’t afford increasing costs </li></ul><ul><li>Small businesses can’t afford the premiums and the unpredictable cost increases </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>Health-related bankruptcies are skyrocketing </li></ul><ul><li>Doctors and hospitals can’t absorb any more uncompensated care </li></ul><ul><li>The uninsured and underinsured are getting too little care too late at too high a price </li></ul>
    6. 7. Premium costs are out of reach for many <ul><li>From 2000 to 2004, CT workers’ health premiums grew by 56% while wages grew by only 14% </li></ul><ul><li>CT is the 6th most expensive state in the US for family health insurance premiums and 12th most expensive for individual coverage </li></ul>Source: AHRQ, Health Affairs , Lewin Group, OHCA
    7. 8. Who isn’t covered?
    8. 9. One in nine CT residents is uninsured <ul><li>365,000 CT residents are uninsured – more than the combined populations of New Haven PLUS Hartford PLUS Waterbury PLUS Middletown </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>Sources: US Census, CT DOL, Families USA
    9. 10. CT’s Uninsured: <ul><li>Most are working people </li></ul><ul><li>Most want coverage but can’t afford it </li></ul><ul><li>Many work for small businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Many are young, age 19 to 29, often too old to remain on parents’ plan or HUSKY </li></ul><ul><li>Many are near-elderly, age 55 to 64, hoping to stay well until they become eligible for Medicare </li></ul>Source: OHCA
    10. 11. Why are people uninsured? <ul><li>Most can’t afford insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Employers don’t provide it </li></ul><ul><li>High cost of individual or family premiums, </li></ul><ul><li>Many can’t afford their share of the costs for their employer-sponsored plan </li></ul><ul><li>Many have a pre-existing condition making health care coverage hard to obtain </li></ul>Source: Kaiser Commission
    11. 12. Even if you’re covered, you can be under-insured <ul><li>If you are insured, you still have co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance. Sometimes the services you need are not covered </li></ul><ul><li>Half of all bankruptcies are due to high medical bills – and most of those are among people who HAVE health insurance </li></ul>
    12. 13. Any of us can lose our insurance <ul><li>Many people are just a pink slip away from being uninsured </li></ul><ul><li>People lose insurance when they </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lose a job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate from school, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get married or divorced </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Suffer a major illness or accident </li></ul>Source: OHCA, IOM
    13. 14. High administrative costs add to health care spending <ul><li>Government programs spend less on administration than private programs </li></ul>Sources: CMS, DOI, DSS
    14. 15. Our health care spending is not sustainable for our economy <ul><li>In 1980, national health expenditures were 8.8% of Gross Domestic Product. By 2014 they are predicted to be 18.7% </li></ul>Sources: Mapping Health and Insurance Coverage in CT, CMS US health care total spending projections
    15. 16. 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
    16. 17. Our health outcomes are worse than countries that spend much less Source: World Health Organization
    17. 18. 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
    18. 19. Medical debt can destroy lives… <ul><li>Out of pocket costs are up 62% since 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Four out of ten adults under age 65 have problems related to medical bills or debt </li></ul><ul><li>Half of American bankruptcies are triggered by medical bills </li></ul>Sources: Kaiser Family Fndn, Health Affairs, Access Project
    19. 20. Medical debt kills… <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>People with medical debt are just as likely to have employer coverage, but they have fewer benefits </li></ul>Sources: Kaiser Family Fndn, Health Affairs, Access Project
    20. 21. What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God? Micah 6:8
    21. 22. Where Do We Start?
    22. 23. Why not cover everyone? <ul><li>Address this moral issue by providing all residents access to quality care </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages the use of preventative care and early diagnostic services that enhance lives and save money </li></ul><ul><li>Free up emergency rooms for real emergencies </li></ul>
    23. 24. Health Care for Everyone <ul><li>Stabilize the system that is now increasingly unpredictable </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce health care costs by increasing the buying power of consumers and by reducing illness </li></ul>
    24. 25. We can afford to cover everyone <ul><li>Economists estimate that covering everyone would SAVE the United States between $320.5 billion and $1.1 trillion over a decade </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>The Institute of Medicine estimates that the US economy loses $65 to $130 billion each year in productivity due to workers’ lack of coverage </li></ul>Sources: Nat. Coalition on Health Care, Washington Post, IOM
    25. 26. Other states are doing it <ul><li>Massachusetts </li></ul><ul><li>Maine </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois </li></ul>Sources: States of ME, IL, MA
    26. 27. Health Care Reform means… <ul><li>Secure access to health insurance for those who lack it </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement in cost-effectiveness and quality health care </li></ul><ul><li>Health care that is affordable for everyone! </li></ul>
    27. 28. Why is Universal Healthcare important? <ul><li>We all pay for inefficiency and those uninsured now. </li></ul><ul><li>Thousands of residents are just a paycheck away from being uninsured. </li></ul>
    28. 29. The Institute of Medicine defines Universal Health Care as a system that: <ul><li>Includes everyone; </li></ul><ul><li>Is continuous and portable from job to job, employment to unemployment; </li></ul><ul><li>Is affordable to individuals, especially those with limited income; </li></ul><ul><li>Is affordable and sustainable to society; </li></ul><ul><li>and Enhances health and well-being. </li></ul>
    29. 30. Working together. Changing lives. <ul><li>We each can make a difference. </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys show that policymakers trust their constituents -- people from the real world -- far more than lobbyists, advocates, even “experts” </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the website www. healthcare4every1.org and sign up to be a part of the campaign for universal health care </li></ul><ul><li>Get the tools at the health advocacy toolbox www.cthealthpolicy.org/toolbox </li></ul>
    30. 31. What You Can Do? <ul><li>Stay Informed ; </li></ul><ul><li>Host a Community Forum on Universal Health Care to educate your congregation and region [sign up today!]; </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage people of faith and goodwill to contact state legislators and inspire them to provide health care for everyone; </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with public officials yourself and urge them to work on health care reform; </li></ul>
    31. 32. “ You must be the Change you wish to see in the World.” -- Mahatma Gandhi
    32. 33. Together We Can Make a Difference!!! <ul><li>Together we can make affordable, quality health care accessible to all residents. </li></ul>

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