Res RESOLUTION SUPPORTING UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE WHEREAS the mission of
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Res. 04-03 RESOLUTION SUPPORTING UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE WHEREAS the mission of public health is “to fulfill society’s interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy,” as stated in NACCHO’s Resolution on Human Rights; 1 however, 42.3 million Americans are without health insurance; 2 and WHEREAS ample evidence suggests that having health insurance increases access to care and improves health status; 3 and lack of health insurance accounts for 18,000 preventable deaths annually; 4 and WHEREAS rates of uninsured vary disproportionately according to income, race/ethnicity and gender; 5 and WHEREAS the increasing trend in lack of access to health care due to financial barriers2 is compounded by the facts that prescription drug costs have doubled over ten years, 6 health insurance premiums are rising 10-15% each year, and the annual American average out-of-pocket health care expenditure has increased by 26%; 7 and WHEREAS the United States, while spending a higher percentage of its GDP on health than any other country, is ranked 37th in the world for health system performance; 8 THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NACCHO supports comprehensive universal health care coverage that includes, but is not necessarily limited to, preventive services and health education, access to primary care, chronic disease care, mental health care, oral health care, and vision and hearing services, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NACCHO supports health coverage that ensures access to health care regardless of income, age, employment or health status in a manner that will increase positive health outcomes and improve the health status and health equity of all persons. Note: See related NACCHO Resolution 01-10, Resolution on Human Rights. Proposed by Community Health and Prevention Committee Adopted by NACCHO Board of Directors February 26, 2004 _________________________ 1 Institute of Medicine, The Future of Public Health. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1988. 2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the January-June 2003 National Health Interview Survey. December 2003. 3 The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicaid and the Uninsured Key Facts: The Uninsured and Their Access to Health Care. Key Facts, fact sheet #1420-04. January 2003. 4 Institute of Medicine, Care Without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; May 2002. 5 The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation/ Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and The Urban Institute, Health Insurance Coverage in America: 2002 Data Update. December 2003. 6 The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Prescription Drug Trends: A Chartbook Update. November 2001. 7 The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Trends and Indicators in the Changing Health Care Marketplace, 2002. Chartbook. May 2002. 8 World Health Organization. The World Health Report 2000- Health Systems: Improving Performance. 2000.