That's right. Health reform may officially be law, but now the hard work of fixing our health care system begins.
And we're excited to launch a major new initiative, the Campaign for Better Care, to ensure that older adults, and all Americans, can realize the promise of reform.
The Campaign for Better Care -- led by the National Partnership, Community Catalyst and the National Health Law Program, with funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies -- begins the critical work of convincing policymakers to implement reform in ways that give people the comprehensive, coordinated health care they need --- especially older adults and individuals with multiple chronic conditions, and those who are sickest and most vulnerable.
This issue affects so many of us. In communities across the country, patients cope with extraordinary pressures from a health care system that doesn't coordinate their care. And family caregivers -- including wives, daughters, husbands, sisters, grandchildren, other relatives and friends -- struggle to help, often with little or no support.
It doesn't have to be this way. Doctors should work together as a team, medical records should be at our fingertips, and patients and families should not be left to fend for themselves. We get it. There is a better way. And it's what the Campaign for Better Care is all about.
Check out the new campaign website at www.CampaignforBetterCare.org where you can learn more, read compelling personal stories, and even become part of the "face" of the campaign, by adding your photo to an interactive photo slideshow -- filled with photos and stories shared by real people just like you. We also encourage you to follow and interact with us on Facebook and Twitter.
We have a lot planned in the coming weeks, and hope we can count on you to help us raise awareness about the urgent need for better care.
In particular, we're launching an advertising blitz on Capitol Hill next week to welcome Congress back from recess and remind them that now the hard work begins! We'll post a copy of the full-page newspaper ad on the day it runs, and we'd appreciate your help spreading the word. We need our elected leaders to take notice!
In the meantime, take a look at our new site and photo slideshow, and send us your thoughts and ideas. We'd love to hear from you.