Campaign seeks commitment
from political candidates on health care issues

(Plain Press, August 2004) Community Partners for Affordable, Accessible Health Care (CPAAHC) has begun a campaign, called Seven Steps to 100% Health Care Access, to focus attention on health care issues among voters and candidates on November’s ballot.

With the input of many of its 30 member organizations, the CPAAHC coalition created a list of seven principles of essential health care reform. Elected leaders and candidates have been asked to respond to the seven principles, explain what work they’ve done on them, and to attend a Community Town Hall meeting being scheduled for early fall to hear input from community members.

The seven principles ask that:

Current health care coverage be maintained:

  • Coverage for families on Medicaid remain at the current levels.
  • The Medicaid program remain an entitlement.
  • The new Medicare Prescription Drug Law be repealed or reformed.

Inadequate health care coverage be expanded:

  • Mental Health Parity (Equal treatment for those with Mental Health Conditions) be achieved.
  • Adults (able-bodied and without children) who need health care have viable options.
  • All newcomers to this country who need health care have viable options, regardless of their legal status.

A long term health care solution be created:

  • The Federal Government implement comprehensive universal health care coverage so that everyone has access to health care.

For further information on these issues or the Town Hall Meeting, contact Nicole McGee at 216-771-5077.


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