A Proposal to Provide Health Insurance to All Children and All Pregnant Women
New England Journal of Medicine. 1990 Oct 25; 323(17): 1216-1220.
Millions of women of childbearing age and children in the United States lack access to health care because they lack health insurance or are underinsured. Here, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) presents its proposal to extend health coverage to all children and pregnant women. Coverage would be comprehensive, emphasize prevention, ensure high-quality care, protect the pluralistic nature of health care delivery in the United States, relieve families of undue financial burdens, reimburse physicians at market rates, and preserve freedom of choice for providers and patients. The AAP plan calls for a package of basic benefits, cost-sharing by patients, employer-based and state-funded insurance, administration by state agencies, and financing from employer taxes, premiums, and reallocated federal and state Medicaid funds. The AAP expects to see federal legislation introduced in 1991 that eventually will lead to implementation of its insurance plan. (KIE abstract)
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