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Report Calls for Health Insurance for All By 2010

Lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States, according to a new report in a new report, Insuring...
December 17, 2004

Lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States, according to a new report in a new report, Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations, by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The report is the culmination of a series that offers the most comprehensive examination to date of the consequences of lack of health insurance on individuals, their families, communities and the whole society. The committee proposes a clear and compelling overall recommendation - by 2010 everyone in the United States should have health insurance - and urges the president and Congress to act immediately by establishing a firm and explicit plan to reach this goal.

Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations (Institute of Medicine)

The American Association of Health Plans and Health Insurance Association of America (AAHP-HIAA) issued a statement in response to the Institute of Medicine study. AAHP-HIAA President and CEO Karen Ignagni said, "The Institute of Medicine has issued a report that demonstrates the impact of this crisis on families and communities, highlights the importance of achieving the goal of universal coverage, and outlines the principles that should guide the discussion.  This report sets a new foundation for the effort to broaden access to health coverage to everyone." Ignagni added, "Both the government and the private sector are essential partners in this effort. Without the full and active participation of both partners, the goal of universal access to affordable, reliable and evidence-based care will remain out of reach."

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