The time for health care reform is now.
Our nation’s health care system is failing women and families. The skyrocketing costs are straining the budgets of families that are already stretched thin. More than 46 million Americans are uninsured, and those who can afford coverage face limited choice, high out of pocket costs, rate discrimination and, too often, care that is less than high quality.
Despite its high costs, Americans aren’t getting what they pay for in terms of quality and health outcomes. It’s time to start putting patients first. This means providing coverage for everyone and changing our delivery system so that patients, not providers, are at the center. Doing that will require comprehensive insurance market reform, subsidies to working families to help purchase coverage, a system that pays for value rather than volume, and a stronger health care infrastructure.
For women and their families, there is no more urgent priority than health care reform. America needs a health care system that provides affordable choices, comprehensive coverage, and access to health professionals and institutions that deliver the highest quality care, including the full range of reproductive health services.
This is a moment of extraordinary opportunity for the nation, when a genuine transformation of our health care system is finally possible. We must act boldly to achieve the results America’s women and families deserve.
Comparative Effectiveness Research Webinar (5MB)
Download the PowerPoint presentation from the July 2009 webinar titled Comparative Effectiveness Research: The Consumer and Patient Perspective. The webinar was moderated by Debra Ness and co-hosted by the National Partnership, Community Catalyst, LCCR, AARP, Consumers Union, and USPIRG.
Issue Brief -- Health Care Reform: What Women Need
Health care is central to the well-being of women and families. It is a key determinant of their quality of life, their economic security, and their ability to thrive and prosper. Women are often the primary health care decision-makers for their families....
NP Comments on Senate Finance Committee Policy Options for Transforming the Health Care Delivery System
The National Partnership submitted detailed recommendations on May 15, 2009 to Senators Baucus and Grassley for their consideration as the Senate Finance Committee turns health care policy options into legislative proposals.
Coalition Comments on Senate Finance Committee Policy Options for Transforming the Health Care Delivery System
A broad coalition of more than 20 organizations representing a diverse array of consumers and patients submitted comments on a common vision of a health care system that delivers quality, patient- and family-centered care to all patients, all the time.
NP Comments on Senate Finance Committee Policy Options for Expanding Health Care Coverage
The National Partnership submitted detailed recommendations on May 22, 2009 to Senators Baucus and Grassley for their consideration as the Senate Finance Committee turns health care policy options into legislative proposals.