WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jack Ebeler, President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), commemorated the national launch today of “Cover the Uninsured Week” by issuing the following statement:
“Cover the Uninsured Week reminds us that living without health insurance brings real-life risks and consequences to 45 million Americans. 18,000 adults die each year because they lack coverage. And those without insurance are four times more likely to experience an avoidable hospital or emergency room visit than the insured.
“Increasing the number of insured will help improve the quality of health care and reduce its cost. The problem of the uninsured has been discussed for years. It is time to treat this serious societal condition before it gets even worse.”
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ACHP is a leadership organization that brings together innovative health plans and provider organizations that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care to their communities. Drawing on years of experience, members collaborate to identify problems, share information and work toward solutions to some of health care’s biggest challenges. Their work is the foundation for ACHP’s advocacy on behalf of better health care nationally. More information is available at www.achp.org.
Capital Health Plan; CareOregon; Fallon Community Health Plan; Group Health Cooperative; Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin; Health Alliance Plan; HealthPartners; HIP Health Plan of New York; Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and the Permanente Federation; MPlan; OSF HealthPlans; UCare Minnesota; UPMC Health Plan