Care Coordination is Common Sense

A recent Fortune article, “Common sense saves Illinois $140 million in health care costs,” discusses the cost saving evidence of community health teams and coordinated care. As the title states, care coordination is common sense. Not only does it save lives and improve the quality of care delivered to patients, its cost savings are substantial.

PPACA Examples of Success

The White House Office of Public Engagement on the Affordable Care Act is seeking "real life" examples of individuals benefiting from implementation of PPACA (i.e. those getting preventive care who were previously unable to do so).

Trust for America's Health is collecting examples. Please send all examples to and PFCD will pass them along. Be sure to include where they're from, contact information, etc.

Public Education Key to Successful Implementation

A recent USA Today article reported that – based on three polls conducted just last month –  large percentages of Americans are uninformed about what provision are included in PPACA.

Unhealthy living comes with a hefty price tag

A recent Gallup study, discussed at length here, measured the wellbeing of adults across the U.S. and found that those with a stronger wellbeing score had lower health care costs and were at less risk for chronic disease.

Adults whose wellbeing was “struggling” or “suffering” were 64 percent more likely than adults with “thriving” wellbeing to have one or more new chronic conditions diagnosed in the past year.

Prevention Made Easy For Seniors

Beginning January 2011, a key PPACA provision will take effect, helping to improve and better coordinate care for seniors.

Protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Trust for America’s Health is circulating a letter to Congress in support of preserving the Prevention and Public Health Fund and is asking other organizations to sign on as well. To date, over 300 organizations have signed the letter. It reads:

As the Senate considers the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (H.R. 5297), the undersigned organizations strongly urge you to oppose the use of the Prevention and Public Health Fund from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as an offset for an amendment offered by Senator Johanns (No. 4531).

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