Progress continues on health care reform and Congress is steadily working through several pieces of legislation. This week, WOW released a health care resource guide, “Health Care & Economic Security” that speaks to the current legislative process and provides data and information on how health care costs impact economic security for workers, elders and families. WOW supports health care reform that lowers costs, expands coverage, and puts more low-income elders and families on a pathway to economic security.
According to the Elder Index, health care is the second highest out- of- pocket expense for elders, after housing. The Senate Finance committee’s proposed bill would seek to help elders by lowering their premiums. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) version seeks to establish a long-term care insurance program as mapped out in the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. What’s included in the final legislation, across House and Senate committees, will be determined in the coming months.
Read more about health care reform and how you can get involved in this month’s, “Health Care & Economic Security” resource guide today!