HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE OF LESSER MEANS/CHILD HEALTH CARE + 1986, 1995, 2009, 2010
The League of Women Voters of Texas supports a basic level of health care for the medically indigent.
The League believes that all persons whose incomes fall below the federal poverty guidelines are most at risk of medical indigence and should be eligible for basic health care services. Special attention should be given to children of low-income families and to persons of low income who are elderly, pregnant, or mentally ill.
It is the responsibility of individuals to pay for their own health care to the best of their ability. For those unable to pay, health care services and programs for the medically indigent are the responsibility of various levels of government.
The League of Women Voters believes the following services constitute the basic level of health care for the medically indigent:
- maternal and child care
- emergency care
- primary care
- preventive care
- care for the mentally ill
- care for catastrophic illness
- substance abuse treatment
- health education
- long-term care
- care for persons with disabilities.
The League believes that all health care facilities, both public and private, have a responsibility to serve the medically indigent and should be accessible to those in need.
Health Care for Those of Lesser Means/Child Health Care League delegates to the 1985 state Convention adopted a study of Health Care for the Medically Indigent (HCMI), focusing on eligibility, providers, funding, services, alternatives, and the role of state government. The LWVUS Health Care position, adopted in 1993, also calls for a basic level of quality health care that is affordable to all residents. (For more information on the LWVUS Health Care position and on relevant LWV-TX advocacy efforts, see Social Policy section of National Program at the end of this publication.
The HCMI position was reviewed during the 1993-1995 Periodic Program Review process. The PPR Committee recommended an editorial change and a substantive change in wording; the recommended substantive change was deletion of a phrase which listed several government levels as being responsible for indigent health care services. The committee's rationale was that the listing was not all-inclusive and that the phrase, "various levels of government," without specifying which levels, would give Leagues more options for local advocacy efforts. The PPR Committee's recommendations were approved, and the updated position is printed above.