The Mike Quigley Health Care Agenda
Making Health Insurance Affordable and Accessible to all Americans: First and foremost, Mike Quigley knows we need an overhaul of our health insurance system that will provide affordable, accessible health care for all Americans. This can be accomplished by building upon-not tearing down-our preexisting healthcare system, while utilizing the doctors, providers and plans already in place. Government needs to step in to provide solutions for those who lack full coverage, while not disrupting care for those who are satisfied with their current plan.
Mike Quigley will work to support President Obama's initiative to provide a range of affordable private insurance options based on the same benefits that he would receive as a member of Congress.
Ensure that Health Insurance is Portable: Americans should be able to change jobs without fear of losing their health insurance. Mike Quigley will work to require that all insurance providers allow for portability of their insurance.
Ensure that Health Insurance Covers Pre-Existing Conditions: Mike Quigley will work to reform the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to mandate full coverage of pre-existing conditions.
Expand Coordination of Care and Preventive Care: Ten percent of our chronic diseases account for 90% of our health care costs. Expanding preventive care will help reduce our health care costs by preventing these diseases before they begin.
Help Small businesses Afford Heath Insurance for their Employees: Mike Quigley will work with Barack Obama to support his proposal for a new Small Business Health Tax Credit. This credit would allow a refundable tax credit to small businesses on a portion of their health insurance premiums for their employees.
Lowering Healthcare Costs: Mike Quigley will push for lower health care costs by pursuing new health information technology services, and investing in bold new prevention and care coordination initiatives. This includes full support for modernizing medical record keeping to lower costs while making the entire health care system more efficient. Mike will also push to lower prescription drug prices by negotiating the costs of prescription drugs for seniors.
Public Health: Mike Quigley understands that the key to good public health is prevention and early detection. He will work in Congress to pass legislation that requires the coverage or preventative services under insurance plans, and that supports public health programs