..."Hispanic/Latino leaders strongly urge the New Administration and Congress to develop a comprehensive healthcare reform plan that will eliminate health disparities, as well as the financial, institutional, cultural and linguistics barriers in accessing and using the healthcare system," said (Aida Giachello), Associate Professor and Director of the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago.Needless to say, everyone who lives in the U.S. includes current (and future) illegal aliens.
...The coalition plans to work with elected officials and community members from across the country to ensure that the promise of reform delivers access to high quality, culturally and linguistically competent care to every man, woman and child who lives in the United States and its territories.
Latino Agenda for Healthcare Reform
We applaud the recent renewed interest and debates by elected officials and policymakers to create legislation to ensure that persons living in the United States have adequate access to healthcare.
However, we are very concerned that just as all economic high tides don't raise all boats, all "healthcare reform" proposals might not adequately address the Latino communities' healthcare needs, especially when it comes to affordability, geographic diversity, citizenship status, language barriers, chronic diseases, and pervasive health disparities.
We, as organizations that represent diverse Latinos from across the nation, must ensure that any healthcare reform proposal seriously being considered must take into the account the hard realities that Latino families face every day and ensure that proposals guarantee access to an inclusive health care system that provides comprehensive quality care and address health disparities. To this end, we articulate a common set of principles that we believe are central to any health reform agenda. They are:
An Inclusive Health Care System - Guarantees accessible healthcare for all people residing in the USA and territories.
- Ensures real world affordability that takes into account the economic realities of our community and that does not ration or segregate healthcare coverage or services based on income.
Comprehensive Quality Care: - Requires a package of comprehensive care available to everyone that is not dependent on health status, income, or ability to pay that includes preventive services, and treatment and long-term supportive services for serious and chronic conditions.
- Encompasses a clear strategy for developing the quality workforce required to provide high quality care and ensuring it’s adequately distributed, especially in underserved communities.
Addressing Health Disparities: - Demands a financial commitment to directly address pervasive health disparities with targeted prevention and treatment programs.
- Includes concrete plan for ensuring the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate care.
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