Patient Advocacy Orgs United on Health Care Reform

The ICA is one of 48 national patient organizations calling on President Obama and members of Congress to enact health care reform legislation that guarantees effective and affordable health and long-term care coverage for all Americans. In a statement issued today, the chief executives of the patient groups specifically urged that reform legislation cover everyone:

  • curb costs responsibly
  • abolish exclusions for pre-existing conditions
  • eliminate lifetime caps, and
  • ensure long-term and end-of-life care.
The organizations that signed the joint statement are all members of the National Health Council (NHC), the only organization of its kind that brings together all segments of the health care community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. “We believe that the health care system can be both effective and affordable for everyone when it provides more coordinated care, improves patient outcomes that lower costs to society, and keeps pace with biomedical innovation,” said National Health Council President Myrl Weinberg. “Access, affordability, innovation, and high quality care should be the benchmarks for health care in America.”

Weinberg stressed that as Congress debates health care reform “they must take into consideration one of the leading health care cost drivers -- people with chronic diseases and disabilities. They are different from average consumers who are generally in good health and sporadic users of the health care system. People diagnosed with chronic conditions interact with the health care system their entire lives.”

An advertisement containing the statement and listing the CEOs and their organizations will appear in the June 3 edition of Politico newspaper. The purpose is to demonstrate to elected officials and the public that we are united in our effort to bring about meaningful health care reform. View a PDF of the campaign.

Revised December 17, 2009