ACP-ASIM Unleashes Ad Campaign in New Hampshire to Highlight Plight of Americans Lacking Health Insurance
January 27, 2000
New Hampshire Voters Urged to Ask Candidates About Plans for Uninsured
(Washington, DC): The American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) has implemented a newspaper advertising campaign in New Hampshire aimed at educating voters about the health risks faced by Americans who lack health insurance.
The full-page ads in the Union Leader, New Hampshire's only statewide newspaper, urge voters to consider the presidential candidates stand on addressing the problem of the uninsured before casting their ballots in the upcoming primaries. The advocacy ads are part of the ACP-ASIM's "Decision 2000" initiative, a million-dollar program aimed at making a lack of health insurance a key issue in the upcoming presidential and congressional elections.
The ads highlight findings from the College's recent report "No Health Insurance: It's Enough to Make You Sick." Some of that report's major findings include:
- Uninsured children are 29 percent less likely to receive care for serious injuries;
- Uninsured women diagnosed with breast cancer have a 49 percent higher adjusted risk of death; and,
- Uninsured men are up to three times more likely to die in the hospital.
"More than 130,000 people in New Hampshire lack health insurance, and more than 44 million people nationwide are afflicted with the same problem," said ACP-ASIM President Whitney Addington, MD, FACP. "We urge all voters to consider these appalling figures before they cast their ballots this year."
ACP-ASIM is the nation's largest medical specialty organization and the second largest physician group. Membership comprises more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students. Internists are the major providers of medical care to adults in America.
[ Note to Editors: The full text of the study, "No Health Insurance: It's Enough to Make You Sick," and ACP-ASIM's ads can be viewed online at ACP-ASIM's Decision 2000 site. ]
Jack E. Pope, ACP-ASIM Washington Office, (202) 261-4556
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