Recently Congress has started debating how to reform the ailing U.S. health care system. A Senate committee is currently considering a comprehensive bill backed by Democrats and the Obama administration; while the House is conducting hearings this week on the Tri Committee Proposal, a single health care reform bill. Both chambers are striving to vote on bills before the August recess so that the conference committee can negotiate a compromise and send it to President Obama by October.
NLIRH supports health care reform that will move our current system toward one that will improve the health, and well-being of all Latinas, their families and communities. We embrace a human rights approach to health care, ensuring that all health services are accessible, available, affordable, and of good quality for everyone.
In particular, the Latina Institute supports a health care system that addresses the needs of all Latinas, including undocumented and low-income women, recognizing the following key concerns:
- The current health care system leaves many Latinas falling through the cracks; 38% of Latinas are uninsured, the highest rate amongst all groups of women.
- The new system must include a full and comprehensive range of services, including coverage for family planning, abortions, prenatal care and preventive services.
- This system should be not only inclusive of all people and offer a comprehensive range of services, but also emphasize culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services.
For more information, please read our Statement on Health Care for All.
Contributed by Ivette Sanchez, Communities in Action Intern