Centene is encouraged by the passage of this landmark Health Care Reform Legislation, designed to improve the state of health care in America. The intent of the law passed this week is consistent with what we refer to as The Straight A’s of Healthcare: Access, Affordability and Accountability.
Centene has long supported high-quality coverage for all Americans. In this spirit, the new law will:
- Extend coverage to 32 million uninsured by expanding Medic aid and implementing plans for premium and cost-sharing credits for low and moderate income individuals and families.
- Guarantee access to coverage for everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions.
- Improve access to home and community-based services, and require Medicaid coverage for former foster care children who are below the age of 25.
Importantly, the legislation emphas izes comprehensive coordinated management of all aspects of patient care. Vulnerable Medicaid patients get better care when all services are coordinated through one health care home.
Our company has 25 years of experience in managing health care for the uninsured, including our ongoing experience with a state “exchange.” With our strong locally-based approach to providing care at a cost savings to states, we can play a significant role in helping to implement reform initiatives.
This measure will require diligent efforts on the part of every stakeholder in our health care system — including health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, members, employers, and the health insurance companies, to name a few. While there are challenges associated with implementing change on such a broad scale, the opportunities are also abundant as we strive to improve health outcomes for all Americans.