An important issue in assessing recent health care reform is the likely cost of expanding health insurance to previously uninsured persons
. Proponents of expanding health insurance often argue that in addition to improving health, expanded insurance may reduce the costs of health care because previously uninsured persons
will use more primary care services that will reduce use of more expensive emergency room services and hospitalizations for conditions preventable by primary care.
, with or without pre-existing conditions, would be permitted to enroll in cooperatives, but if affordable insurance is not offered to them, they would be handled as outlined above (Insurance Portability).
In clear nontechnical prose, they handle the three interrelated phenomena creating the crisis: the relentless increase in health care costs, the growing numbers of uninsured persons
, and the growing destabilization of the system because of cost shifting.
(8) If all families with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level are included, close to 65% of all uninsured persons
can be accounted for.
A substantial majority--85 percent--thought uninsured persons
ineligible for Medicare or Medicaid ought to receive basic care.
Prior to the 2006 reform, health care institutions that provided care to uninsured persons
were reimbursed through the state's Uncompensated Care Pool.
She explained that the Health Ministry would propose legal changes stipulating that medically uninsured persons
who were not socially underprivileged and still wanted to have their medical services covered by the National Health Insurance Fund had to pay all unpaid healthcare insurance installments since 2000 to restore their rights as medically insured persons.
The results of this study indicate that in the 6 years following health-care reform in Massachusetts, publicly funded providers continued to be used as providers of choice for many clients with health-care coverage and remained as a "safety net" for uninsured persons
in need of family planning services.
Additionally, because the study data came from a managed care database, the findings may not be generalizable to uninsured persons
, he said.
* Coverage for income-qualified uninsured persons
without regard to welfare categories;
Fully one-third of uninsured persons
have a mental or substance use condition, and fully one-third of persons with these conditions have no health insurance.
Universal coverage for a basic health benefits package: Why should a country as rich as America have so many under- and uninsured persons