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Most of the following public health policy documents were recently recommended to us by Families USA. You can view their entire recommended list at http://www.familiesusa.org/pubs

The CDHC has serious reservations about the approach of Families USA. Simply put they have historically had an "incrementalist" approach, that is they have been willing to sign on to agreements with sectors of the the health industry awarding some insurance to some sector of the presently insured and to do this WITHOUT any commitment towards insuring the remaining uninsured at any future date.

1) Republican Rx Proposal: A Political Placebo. A rebuttal against the House Republican leaders' proposal for a Medicare drug benefit. From Public Citizen     
2) Congressional Democratic Prescription Drug Plan Proposal Is Inadequate. The Bill Is Like Giving the Patient Half the Pill They Need. From Public Citizen     
3) "Who are the Adult Uninsured?" by the Urban Institute provides an overview of data on adults lacking health insurance coverage in the United States. Findings show that younger, low-income adults, particularly blacks and Hispanics, have the highest rates of uninsurance. At the same time, half of low-income uninsured adults are white, and the majority of uninsured low-income adults reside in households with at least one full-time worker.    
4) "The Status of the Medicare Part A and Part B Trust Funds: The Trustees' Year 2000 Reports" These new data from AARP summarizes and graphically illustrates projections of the Medicare Funds' short- and long-term financial health, and describes the Trustees' recommended actions to address long-term financial problems.
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