OWL educates and advocates for:
- A single payer healthcare system to provide quality physical and mental healthcare that
is universal, affordable and accessible
- Long-term care
- Age rating (Click here for more information)
- Coalition letters (Click here for more information)
For the past thirty years, OWL has worked toward the goal of comprehensive, accessible healthcare that is publicly administered and financed. OWL has consistently advocated for a single-payer health care system. As the momentum for health care reform legislation gathered speed, OWL worked with a diverse set of organizations to foster change that addressed persistent problems including millions of Americans without insurance, ever-rising costs, lack of affordable long-term care coverage and inequities in the health insurance industry. OWL took a strong leadership position on gender and age rating of health insurance premiums and moved the dialogue forward on this topic despite strong opposition. As a result, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) essentially eliminated gender rating, and insurers are restricted to a 3 to 1 age ratio (rather than a 5 to 1 ratio). OWL will continue to focus attention on health care reform as the government begins to implement the PPACA.