AMCHP advocates that health reform should be a top domestic policy priority for the new Administration and Congress. Health reform should incorporate the following principles in order to assure the health of all women, children, adolescents, and families, including those with special health care needs:
- Quality affordable health insurance coverage should be guaranteed for all Americans.
- A comprehensive insurance benefits package should include evidence- based services required for all women of reproductive age, children, adolescents, children with special health care needs, and their families.
- Because health insurance coverage alone is essential but not sufficient to improve the overall health of populations, adequate federal support for state and community-wide public health prevention and promotion services must be included in any health reform package. There should be explicit recognition that women and children have needs that require specific expertise and an accountable locus of public responsibility to assure ongoing attention and leadership. The future roles for State Title V MCH programs should therefore be explicitly considered and enhanced in any health reform legislation.
AMCHP's Voice on Health Reform
AMCHP held a conference call on June 17, 2009 to discuss health reform. Click here to listen to a recording of the call.
AMCHP's Principles for Health Reform
AMCHP's Power of Prevention Report on the Cost Effectiveness of MCH Services
AMCHP Summary of MCH Provisions in Senate HELP Committee Bill.
AMCHP's Senate Finance Infant Mortality Proposal Draft Recommendations
National Organization Support Letter for Senate Finance Committee's Infant Mortality Policy Proposal (submitted May 22nd, 2009)
Discussion Draft on Health Care Reform (released June 19th, 2009)
House Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means and Education and Labor Committees
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee Bill "Affordable Health Choices Act" (submitted June 11th, 2009)
Summary of Senate HELP Bill Section by Section Narrative with Options
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Preliminary Analysis of Senate HELP Committee bill (released June 15th, 2009)
Senate Finance Committee (coming soon)
Senate Finance Committee Policy Options for Expanding Health Coverage (released May 11th, 2009)
Sen. Burr/Coburn Alternate Health Reform Bill (released May 20th, 2009)
House GOP Solutions Group Health Plan (released June 17th, 2009)
American Academy of Pediatrics comments on Senate HELP Committee Bill
Georgetown Center for Children and Families Overview of Senate HELP Bill
American Medical Association Health Reform Plan (released 2008)
March of Dimes comments on Senate HELP Committee Bill
Trust For America's Health Resource Hub for Health Reform
The President's FY2010 Proposed Budget (released May 2nd, 2009)
Funding Highlights from the Department of Health & Human Services FY2010 Budget
White House Health Reform Webpage