In the fall of 2004, a diverse group of major national organizations with a collective interest in ensuring all Americans have accessibility to quality health care came together to reach consensus on potential policy approaches to expand health coverage to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

This group representing a wide range of political and ideological interests set aside their differences in the interest of uninsured Americans, and worked together over many months, to reach the historic HCCU proposal.

The 16 signatory organizations supporting the proposal include:

AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. The organization produces AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, a monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, a bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, a quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and AARP.org. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit www.aarp.org.

American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) represents more than 94,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. Nearly one in four of all office visits are made to general and family physicians. That is 207 million office visits each year - nearly 62 million more than the next medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide the majority of care for America's underserved and rural populations.

To learn more about AAFP and about the specialty of family medicine, please visit www.aafp.org.

American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 4,800 hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care, and 37,000 individuals. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.

American Medical Association
The American Medical Association (AMA) helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues. The AMA's envisioned future is to be an essential part of the professional life of every physician and an essential force for progress in improving the nation's health. For more information, visit www.ama-assn.org.

American Public Health Association
Founded in 1872, the American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at www.apha.org.

America's Health Insurance Plans
America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans. AHIP's member companies offer medical expense insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, dental insurance, supplemental insurance, stop-loss insurance and reinsurance to consumers, employers and public purchasers. For more information, visit www.ahip.org.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) is made up of 39 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for nearly 98 million - nearly one-in-three - Americans. For more information on BCBSA and its member companies, please visit www.BCBS.com.

Catholic Health Association
The St. Louis-based Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry's pursuit of the strategic directions of mission, ethics and advocacy. As the nation's largest group of not-for-profit sponsors, systems, and facilities, the ministry is committed to improving the health status of communities and creating quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. For more information, visit www.chausa.org.

Families USA
Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state and community levels, Families USA has earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for over 20 years. For more information, visit www.familiesusa.org.

Federation of American Hospitals
The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) is the national representative of investor-owned and managed community hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. Its membership includes companies or other organizations involved in the delivery of health care services that share a common philosophy of providing high quality, affordable health care through free enterprise. For more information, visit www.fahs.com.

Healthcare Leadership Council
The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within the health care system, is the exclusive forum for the leaders of our nation's health care system to jointly develop policies, plans and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century health care system. For more information, visit www.hlc.org.

Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is the world's most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical and medical devices and diagnostics markets. The more than 230 Johnson & Johnson operating companies employ approximately 115,700 men and women in 57 countries and sell products throughout the world. For more information, visit www.jnj.com.

Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit, group practice program headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves more than 8.6 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 154,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 12,000 physicians representing all specialties. For more information, visit www.kaiserpermanente.org.

Pfizer Inc.
Pfizer Inc, founded in 1849, is dedicated to better health and greater access to healthcare for people and their valued animals. Pfizer's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Pfizer's route to that purpose is through discovering and developing breakthrough medicines; providing information on prevention, wellness, and treatment; consistent high-quality manufacturing of medicines, consumer products; and global leadership in corporate responsibility. Every day Pfizer helps 38 million patients, employs more than 100,000 colleagues, utilizes the skills of more than 12,000 medical researchers, and works in partnership with governments, individuals, and other payers for healthcare to treat and prevent illnesses - adding both years to life, and life to years. For more information, visit www.pfizer.com.

United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation is an independent not-for-profit foundation solely funded by UnitedHealth Group. The Foundation provides information to physicians and other health professionals, individuals and communities to support health and medical decisions that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities. For further information, please visit www.unitedhealthfoundation.org.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions. It includes hundreds of associations, thousands of local chambers and more than 100 American Chambers of Commerce in 91 countries. For more information, visit www.uschamber.com.

Others Involved
In addition to those organizations that have signed on to this agreement, there are a number of other organizations that worked closely with the Coalition throughout the deliberation process, including the Heritage Foundation, National Association of Counties, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association and Project HOPE.

The HCCU Consensus-Building process was organized and conducted as a project of Search for Common Ground-U.S. Consensus Council, in partnership with the Meridian Institute. The organizations fashioned a unique approach for bringing diverse organizations together on public policy issues. The Economic and Social Research Institute and the Lewin Group provided research and analytical support.

Funding for the coalition’s work was provided by the participating organizations, with additional support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ascension Health, the Rapoport Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation and The California Endowment.