ERIC Number: ED264448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun-27
Reference Count: N/A
Americans at Risk: The Case of the Medically Uninsured. Hearing before the Special Committee on Aging. United States Senate, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Special Committee on Aging.
This document presents witness testimonies and prepared statements from the Congressional hearing called to examine the plight of the medically uninsured in America. Opening statements are included from Senators John Heinz, Charles E. Grassley, Christopher J. Dodd, and John Glenn; prepared statements are given from Senators Lawton Chiles and Jeremiah Denton. The first panel of witnesses includes two women who discuss their medical problems and the difficulties they have in paying medical bills; and the vice president of a benefits compensation, consulting, and risk management company who describes the problems older persons have in obtaining health insurance. The second panel consists of a physician from Cook County Hospital, Chicago; the president of the Cuyahoga County Hospital System, (Ohio); a Princeton University economics professor; and a health policy consultant. Witnesses describe situations in which acutely ill persons with no insurance are denied treatment at private institutions, and discuss the growing number of emergency room-to-emergency room transfers, problems of indigent care, and the responses various states are making concerning the medically uninsured. Expanding Medicaid programs, expanding existing state-funded programs, and imposing obligations on medical care providers to finance charity care are three areas of state action which are considered. The appendix contains other related materials, including a background paper on the medically uninsured and several testimonial letters. (NRB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Special Committee on Aging.