NAELA PUBLIC POLICY GUIDELINES
HEALTH CARE ACCESS PRINCIPLES
The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world and has one of the most technologically advanced health care systems. However, millions of Americans lack access to affordable health care and each year, this leads to thousands of unnecessary deaths, illnesses, and lost wages and productivity.
NAELA has long supported comprehensive reforms to our health care system to ensure affordable access to health care and supportive services for all Americans. We also support reforms to ensure that Americans of all ages receive the health care services they need.
To that end, NAELA supports the following principles:
A. Health Care coverage should be universal and include acute, chronic and long-term care and support services.
B. Health Care coverage should be continuous.
C. Health Care should be affordable to individuals and families.
D. The Health Care coverage system should be affordable and sustainable for society.
E. The Health Care system should enhance health and well being by promoting access to high-quality care that is effective, efficient, safe, timely, patient-centered, and equitable.
Resolutions adopted November 11, 2004
Revised June 29, 2007
Posted March 2013