As everyone gears up for an exciting presidential campaign year, health care reform continues to play a major role in the news and conversations this week due to the ongoing struggle candidates, lawmakers and policy analysts face in battling our national $2.7 trillion deficit and mounting debt.
In an effort to raise awareness of the leading cause of death, disability and rising health care costs in our country, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) worked throughout 2011 to broaden the discussion and advance solutions in health care particularly with respect to the cost reductions resulting from reforms that address chronic disease as the primary driver of health care costs.
It's been almost a month since the Super Committee announced their stalemate on how best to reduce our national deficit. With no end in sight and the future of public health care programs in jeopardy, Democrats and Republicans alike are taking to the presidential campaign trail to discuss their ideas on how to cut national spending. The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), in the interest of preserving and improving programs that improve health outcomes, has been closely monitoring the headlines.
As the November 23 deadline for the Super Committee fast approaches, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease continues to advocate for reforms that strengthen Medicare and Medicaid while pulling costs from the system. There is a lot at stake for the future of these programs, and, more importantly, the people they serve. In addition to deliberations by the Super Committee, there were several recent announcements affecting Medicare worth noting:
The tumultuous economic and political environment adds to the uncertainty many Americans face in planning for their futures. . Challenges in the job market and financial instability add to concerns about rising health care costs and the ability to afford quality care, especially for the one in two Americans living with chronic disease. This week’s news roundup focuses on some of the challenges we face related to chronic disease, particularly the economic issues related to health care spending as we age.
We have often said on this blog and in other forums that providing long-term, preventive solutions is critical to curbing the escalating health care costs currently driven by chronic disease. That’s why it’s encouraging to see in this week’s news inside and outside of the Beltway that an increasing number of organizations, companies and individuals are putting the spotlight back on these solutions and showing how they can truly change – for the better – America’s collective health.
The critical nature of prevention is gaining support and health care measures aimed at some of the most vulnerable, and costly, populations are starting to take hold as Americans grapple with the most effective approaches to achieving and sustaining long-term wellness.
Last week, in partnership with ThinkWellPoint, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease hosted an event in Washington, D.C. highlighting health indices and how they can be used to promote prevention, improve care management and increase patient safety.
This week, President Barack Obama shared his plan for reducing the national deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade, including making cuts of $248 billion and $72 billion to Medicare and Medicaid, respectively. The plan would also generate $320 billion in healthcare savings over the same time period.
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The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and...