Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Statement from Donna Butts on Health Care Reform

Following President Obama's remarks on Wednesday, March 3, Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts issued the following statement, urging members of Congress to continue their efforts to extend healthcare to our nation's most vulnerable citizens.

"Our nation cannot continue to allow millions of Americans from all generations to go without access to high-quality affordable health care. Nothing is more important for the long-term success of our children, families, and older adults than Congress finishing healthcare reform.

Generations United welcomes the president's proposal to help more people access care through the Medicaid program. By increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate, more children and seniors will be able to find a doctor or hospital willing to extend care to them.

In his call to action, the president recognized children, young adults, and older adults still face an insurance market that can refuse to cover them because of a preexisting condition, or bankrupt them because of inadequate coverage. Our nation's seniors are still without a long-term-care insurance program and our children still need access to preventive care. We applaud this important effort today. While not perfect, this bill makes important strides in addressing an issue that touches all generations."

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