Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Cover the Uninsured Week

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation deserves the nation’s thanks for so diligently spotlighting the difficulties faced by Americans without health insurance and reminding us how imperative it is to address this challenge.  Cover the Uninsured Week has long served as an opportunity to engage citizens and communities throughout the country in this vitally important effort.

In the years since Cover the Uninsured Week began, we have learned a great deal about how to make progress toward achieving a fully insured America.  We’ve found that public education and energetic outreach can make a tremendous difference.  When the private and public sectors work to provide illumination on the importance of health coverage and information on how to acquire it, it’s possibly to significantly reduce the uninsured rolls.

We also know that the right public policies can make a difference.  Eight of every 10 uninsured Americans lives in a wage-earning households, and half of that group receives an offer of insurance from an employer.  One of the most important objectives health reform can achieve is to help bridge the gap to help working Americans afford that private health insurance coverage.

The Healthcare Leadership Council is proud to be a long-time supporter of Cover the Uninsured Week, and we salute the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the commitment they bring to this important issue.