On July 14, the House Committees on Education and Labor, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce introduced H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, which would provide access to affordable health care insurance for every person regardless of age, income, or health care status. However, it looks like Congress is poised to adjourn for an entire month without passing the bill out of the House of Representatives at a time when people are losing health insurance coverage everyday. Passage of this bill will mark the beginning of the effort to guarantee the assurance of affordable, quality health care coverage and peace of mind to American families, providing them with better care while costing them less.
At our recent 76th General Convention, the church reaffirmed its commitment to universal access to quality affordable health care in the United States, passing several resolutions calling on Congress to pass comprehensive health care reform this year.
H.R. 3200 would establish a mandate for everyone to have health insurance, expand eligibility for Medicaid, and establish new health insurance exchanges through which some people could purchase subsidized coverage. It would bring an end to costly co-pays and deductibles for preventive care and rate increases based on pre-existing conditions. Further, the bill offers access to a number of prevention and wellness services, such as community health centers and community-based wellness programs. America’s Affordable Health Choices Act is the first major attempt to fix America’s health care crisis by making health care more accessible, more affordable, and more effective.
Congress now has an opportunity to take the first major step toward enacting comprehensive health care reform legislation that will guarantee every American access to quality affordable health care; provide families with help in paying rising premiums and maintaining coverage; and end waste, fraud and abuse through health systems modernization. Click here today to urge your Member vote for the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act.