About two-thirds of Americans under age 65 have health insurance coverage either through their own jobs or that of a parent or spouse. To close the remaining gap, incremental expansions of public insurance programs have targeted discrete population groups, bringing health insurance to seniors through Medicare, and to poor adults and children through Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP). Despite these and other federal and state initiatives, more than 43 million people in the United States are uninsured. Only by making coverage universal for all people living in the United States will the sizeable gap in coverage that persists be closed.
The Vermont Public Health Association believes that health insurance coverage should be extended to all Americans. Under a reformed health care system, coverage should be:
About the association
VtPHA is a membership organization which facilitates collaboration among people who care about public health and are interested in protecting and promoting the health of Vermont residents.
VtPHA is an Affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA). APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. They are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health and a member community from all public health disciplines and over 40 countries. Learn more at www.apha.org.
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