Jack Ebeler, president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), marked the national launch today of Cover the Uninsured Week by issuing the following statement:
“The Institute of Medicine has clearly documented that uninsured Americans receive fewer and less-timely preventative care services, less appropriate care for chronic conditions, and poorer hospital care than those with health insurance. Society incurs costs of $65 billion to $135 billion per year by not covering the uninsured, and 18,000 Americans die prematurely each year.
“Left untreated year after year, the symptoms of the uninsured problem will continue to get worse. Cover the Uninsured Week reminds us all that it is time to act to assure quality, affordable health care for all.”
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The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) brings together a select group of innovative, not-for-profit or provider-sponsored health plans and provider organizations focused on improving health care quality in the United States. ACHP offers member plans a forum for learning, innovation and advocacy that allows them to promote the highest standards of health care quality and health improvement in their communities and nationally. ACHP member plans serve more than 12 million people across the United States. Additional information about ACHP is available at www.achp.org.
Capital Health Plan (Tallahassee, Florida); Fallon Community Health Plan (Worcester, Massachusetts); Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin); Group Health Cooperative (Seattle, Washington); Health Alliance Plan (Detroit, Michigan); HIP Health Plan of New York (New York, New York); HealthPartners (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and The Permanente Federation (Oakland, California and multi-state); M·Plan (Indianapolis, Indiana); UCare Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Excellus-Univera Healthcare (Buffalo, New York).