Health Care

Local Policy:

The Philadelphia League of Women Voters supports policies and actions to improve access to and delivery of health care services in Philadelphia.

State Policy:

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania has supported League of Women Voters of the United States’ positions on:

  • Confidentiality of rape crisis and domestic violence counseling
  • Family and medical leave
  • Access to health care for the uninsured
  • Expanded health care for children, including the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

National Policy:

The League of Women Voters of the United States supports actions that promote a health care system for the United States that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all U.S. residents and controls health care costs. (Access is defined to include preventive, primary, maternal and child, emergency, catastrophic, nursing home and mental health care. It also includes substance abuse, health and sex education and nutrition programs.) The League also supports advancement of medical research and technology and a reasonable total national expenditure, obtained through increased taxes, to finance a basic level of health care. The League opposes a strictly private market-based model of financing health care and to the administration of the health care system solely by the private sector or the states. In addition, costs control measures must be a priority.