|"Improving health and care quality while reducing/containing costs."|
In addition to the innovations we're experiencing with the newly formed insurance exchanges, we’re also seeing more people eligible for health insurance coverage than ever before, though we'll still be left with some ways to go to attain universal coverage. As the numbers would suggest, an additional 16 million will likely remain uninsured after the expansion, meaning the country will lie at about 95% coverage. That said, some states are getting close to full coverage with Massachusetts leading the way at 98% (fellow northern states Vermont, Minnesota and Wisconsin are also above 90%).
|Data based on 2009 U.S. Census. Thanks to Wikipedia for use of their map and legend!|
In later posts, I’ll discuss how other countries have performed with relation to universal health care - Spoiler alert: we’ll see that the U.S. isn’t exactly pioneering in this regard.
Far from profound, the expansion no doubt will have the greatest impact on those who had been previously denied or unable to afford coverage and now are eligible to have their care at least partially (at most entirely) subsidized. This is a monumental step toward a more equitable system: one where the rich, the poor, the black, the white, the old, the young, (male, female, third sex, heterosexual, homosexual, metrosexual, whatever!) from state to state have equal access to care of quality and reasonable cost - a system that truly nurtures the growth of healthier communities. That’s the goal. That’s the culmination of the Triple Aim - or should I say Aim'en!