Families USA Proposes Health Reform 2.0
The Call to Action Includes 19 Proposals that Build on the Affordable Care Act’s Historic Foundation
The Proposals are aimed at Improving Health Coverage and Access to Care, Strengthening Quality of Care, and Lowering Health Cost
Washington, D.C.—As opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue their attacks on the historic legislation, one of the law’s strongest supporters today released its vision and Call to Action about the next steps for health care reform.
Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers, released its 19 proposals for “Health Reform 2.0” to secure four goals: (1) securing health coverage for all; (2) ensuring that health coverage means access to needed care; (3) transforming the health system to provide care that is highest in quality; and (4) reducing health costs and making care more affordable.
The Call to Action for Health Reform 2.0 was released to coincide with this week’s Health Action 2015 conference, Families USA’s 20th annual conference for hundreds of health policy activists from around the country. A plenary session will discuss how activists should work together in the years ahead to promote Health Reform 2.0 while opposing efforts to undermine the ACA.
Among the proposals in Health Reform 2.0 are the following:
- Making dental coverage universally available because approximately one in four adults in the U.S. doesn’t have such coverage today;
- Ensuring the availability of lower-deductible health plans, including exempting important services from the deductible, such as primary care visits;
- Fixing the ACA’s “family glitch” that prevents dependents of many workers from obtaining health coverage in individual private insurance marketplaces;
- Improving access to care through the greater use of mid-level health providers, like nurse practitioners and dental therapists;
- Hastening the demise of fee-for-service care by expanding systems that pay for quality of care, not quantity of services;
- Enabling public payers to set prescription drug prices, especially because new drugs are coming to market that are extraordinarily expensive;
- Stopping anti-competitive provider consolidations, such as hospital mergers and other provider consolidations that often create near-monopolies that span an entire region; and
- Accelerating investments that promote care based on the best science and making sure that new clinical guidelines are disseminated effectively to health providers and patient groups.
Families USA vowed that it will continue to actively oppose the multiple efforts, in Congress and the courts, seeking to undermine the ACA. But the organization said it is time to seek further improvements in America’s health care system.
“The quest for high-quality, affordable health coverage and care did not begin, nor should it end, with the Affordable Care Act,” said Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA. “There is much work that lies ahead, and we must plant the seeds for continuing improvements so that everyone has the care they need, when they need it, and at an affordable cost.”