According to the Census Bureau, in 2003 more than 43 million Americans lacked health insurance. Being uninsured is associated with a range of adverse health, social, and economic consequences for individuals and their families, for the health care systems in their communities, and for the nation as a whole. This report is the sixth and final report in a series by the Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, intended to synthesize what is known about these consequences and communicate the extent and urgency of the issue to the public. Insuring Americaa (TM)s Health recommends principles related to universality, continuity of coverage, affordability to individuals and society, and quality of care to guide health insurance reform. These principles are based on the evidence reviewed in the committeea (TM)s previous five reports and on new analyses of past and present federal, state, and local efforts to reduce uninsurance. The report also demonstrates how those principles can be used to assess policy options. The committee does not recommend a specific coverage strategy.
Rather, it shows how various approaches could extend coverage and achieve certain of the committeea (TM)s principles.
1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 1 Introduction; 4 2 Lessons from Previous Reports; 5 3 Eliminating Uninsurance: Lessons from the Past and Present; 6 4 Principles to Guide the Extension of Coverage; 7 5 Prototypes to Extend Coverage: Descriptions and Assessments; 8 BOX 6.1 Vision, Principles, and Recommendations; 9 6 Conclusions and Recommendations; 10 A Data Tables; 11 B Glossary and Acronyms; 12 C Biographical Sketches; 13 References