(CHAMN) Declaración: Forming the Health Care Exchange with a priority for Accessible and Affordable Health Care for Everyone

Logo CHAA statement issued by the Catholic Health Association of Minnesota outlining principles for the Health Insurance Exchange as well as the potential coverage issues and conscience clauses.

EL TEMA
Como una cuestión de dignidad humana, toda persona tiene derecho a la salud. Como cualquier elemento básico de la vida, health care sustains us and should always be accessible and affordable for everyone — where they need it, when they need it, no exceptions and no interruptions. Por desgracia, in the wealthiest and most resourceful nation on earth, millions of people have no health insurance coverage of any kind and are often marginalized from a system that should protect and heal them.

Currently there are 9.5 % of Minnesotans uninsured, and beginning in 2014 the ACA law will reduce these ranks largely by expanding Medicaid and providing state and federal subsidies to help more Americans buy private coverage in a state based exchange.

The uninsured situation is even worse for people in minority communities, in which a disproportionately high number of people do not have health insurance coverage. The consequences of being uninsured are significant. This is particularly true for children, who are less likely to receive proper preventative care and treatment for common childhood illnesses. Because they do not receive the right care in the right place, uninsured patients are up to four times as likely as insured patients to require avoidable hospitalizations and emergency care.

CHA Minnesota remains optimistic about the prospects for state level reform and is committed to leading and participating in the dialogue on this critical issue.

TRADICIÓN DE MINISTERIO
Nuestra misión, acuerdo con los valores y la enseñanza social católica, nos llama a servir como abogados para todos, particularmente los pobres y otras poblaciones vulnerables. We believe that health care is a basic human right. A tal fin, cuidado de la salud debe ser considerado un elemento esencial para una sociedad justa y libre, just as education is. As the Catholic health ministry, we are committed to moving toward a more just and equitable health care system that ensures health care for everyone.

CHA’S POSITION AND ACTIVITIES
CHA Minnesota specifically advocates:

Ampliaciones de cobertura:

  • Covering All Children — CHA Minnesota supports the state ensuring that all children have health care.
  • Low-income Individuals — CHA Minnesota supports the early expansion of the Medicaid program to include all low-income individuals.
  • Strengthening the Safety Net — CHA Minnesota supports initiatives that recognize the full spectrum of care for the uninsured provided by integrated health care systems. Because of our belief in the dignity of all, this system should not discriminate based upon immigration status.
  • Cuidado de la salud debe promover la vida y la salud-policies that promote abortion, euthanasia or other acts that undermine the dignity of the human person must not be included in state health care programs.
  • Other Measures for Expansion — CHA Minnesota welcomes other proposals to ensure that all currently uninsured individuals would have access to coverage, incluidas las medidas para permitir entradas a programas de salud pública; créditos fiscales reembolsables y advanceable para la compra de seguros privados; subvenciones federales a los Estados a proporcionar cobertura para poblaciones de alto riesgo; and encouragement of a Basic Health Plan and other innovative ideas.
  • Health Care Reform
    CHA Minnesota has consistently supported principled health care reform derived from our core values: dignidad humana; preocupación por los pobres y vulnerables; Justicia; bien común; Mayordomía; and pluralism.

    • Principles For Health Care Reform
      • Available and accessible to everyone, prestando especial atención a los pobres y vulnerables;
      • Salud y prevención orientadas a, con el objetivo de mejorar el estado de salud de las comunidades;
      • Suficiente y equitativamente financiados;
      • Transparent and consensus-driven, en la asignación de los recursos, y organizada para la administración y cuidado rentable;
      • Patient centered, y diseñado para atender las necesidades de salud en todas las etapas de la vida, desde la concepción hasta la muerte natural;
      • Caja fuerte, effective and designed to deliver the greatest possible Quality; y
      • Protect the conscience rights of patients, profesionales de salud, y las instituciones.

 

Pearson de Toby, Director Ejecutivo
Asociación Católica de salud de Minnesota