Rep. Sander Levin toured portions of St. John’s Providence Hospital in Warren, Mich., and gathered input from doctors and administrators about legislation’s potential impact on seniors.
Ensuring Access and Coverage for All
The passage of health reform marked a critical milestone in Ascension Health’s journey to provide Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind. Over the next decade, an estimated 32 million individuals currently without health insurance will gain coverage. However, millions of individuals will still be without coverage. And of those now covered under the new law, many will now face the challenge of navigating how to access the medical care they need.
Ascension Health’s federal and state advocacy efforts continue to support our commitment to 100% access and 100% coverage. We will serve as a federal legislative leader, shaping future legislation and regulation that protects those who are vulnerable and supports new models of healthcare delivery. We continue to partnerships with the Catholic Health Association, the American Hospital Association and other organizations with shared interests, while participating in new coalitions and national forums that support our Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind agenda.
Reaching Out to Communities in Need
Beyond our role in managing the health outcomes and costs for defined populations is a strong interest in focusing more broadly on community health. Health Ministries will seek to be “Pacesetters,” working in collaboration with other community organizations to set the pace in addressing the social determinants of health to measurably improve the health status of the entire community. This work builds on Ascension Health’s commitment to collaborative work.
Our commitment to people in need is extended through Seton Institute , the international subsidiary of Ascension Health. Seton Institute supports primary care projects and serves as a humanitarian early responder to emergencies in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1985, Seton Institute has provided $11 million in grants and $40 million worth of supplies, medicines and equipment in 45 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Ascension Health funds Seton Institute’s administrative and operating costs, ensuring that donations support health programs in developing countries. Most recently, Seton Institute has supported relief efforts in Haiti, Chile and Japan by providing medical supplies and medicines.