Washington, D.C., July 15, 2009 –
The American Public Health Association (APHA) applauds the recent progress made by Congress on comprehensive health reform legislation that includes important provisions to protect and improve health in our nation.
Both the House and Senate have begun moving forward comprehensive health reform bills that are aligned with the president’s stated commitment to make prevention and wellness a central component of health reform and to ensure coverage for all. Additionally, both measures moving through Congress provide a strong foundation for real reform that can produce better health outcomes and lower costs.
“The prevention provisions included in the bills adhere to the understanding that meaningful health reform must shift the paradigm from sickness to wellness by promoting primary care, early intervention and measures that stop preventable conditions in their tracks,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA.
Of particular note is the emphasis in both bills to increase funding for public health and prevention activities; to develop a national prevention, health promotion and public health strategy; to invest in community-based health promotion services; to expand the preventive service task force; and to dedicate resources for building up the public health work force.
APHA will continue to work with Congress in the upcoming weeks to ensure that these important provisions are included in the final legislation voted on by each chamber.
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