The Promise of a New Year
The start of a new year brings with it a great deal of promise, along with a great deal of changes in the healthcare environment. Most of us tend to take our health for granted until we become ill or develop a chronic health problem. At those times, health insurance is a blessing.
However, even with the Affordable Care Act, the number of those without insurance coverage increased to 50 million in 2013 – 16 percent of the U.S. population. Almost a fourth of our population lives in poverty and health issues remain a predominant concern for the poor and vulnerable.
Our hope and expectation is that the Affordable Care Act will continue to greatly increase access to coverage for more people, despite a slow start-up. Now, thousands more Americans have access to the tools and resources needed to better manage their health. On Jan. 1, coverage began for many people who signed up before the end of 2013.
As a healing ministry, we resolve to revolutionize our way of thinking so that those left out of the healthcare system for too long have the guidance they need to navigate these new waters. In the past, our industry has focused on “sick care.” However, we owe it to all those who seek our care to commit to partnering with them to improve their well-being and help them live healthier lifestyles.
SCL Health continues to promote access to affordable care through our “Get Covered; Stay Well” campaign. We join with the majority of the U.S. population in the belief that access to affordable healthcare should be available to every American. We believe that essential health services should be available to all, without respect to a person’s ability to pay.
Just as individuals resolve to improve their own health, we, as a healing ministry, must resolve to continue to do all we can to improve the health of the communities we serve. In 2014, you will see us reach into our communities more through home care initiatives, strategies to improve population health, and the construction of more facilities to care for people where they live, work and play.
The promise of the new year is exciting. Let us all resolve to achieve our potential.
Michael A. Slubowski, FACHE, FACMPE
President and Chief Executive Officer