In an op-ed piece in The Sun today, Ken Ulman and Peter Beilenson write of the lessons they’ve learned about healthcare reform from their Healthy Howard intiative.
“Much of the discussion in Washington has been theoretical. Our experience is real-world. Every single day, we implement a universal health and wellness program that can inform both aspects of the debate.”
The article goes on to explain what the county has learned about the economic challenges of the program.
“More than 40 percent of our members express concerns regarding finances and describe how the monthly struggle to survive financially greatly limits their ability to take charge of their health.”
The thing is these numbers are statistically insignificant. While they point out that Howard County has a population of over 270,000 they never mention how many people are actually enrolled in the Healthy Howard program. I believe there is a reason for this. As of the end of June, there were only 200 people enrolled in Healthy Howard out of an estimated 10,000 eligible residents.
While I generally applaud the initiative I do wonder how much validity there is any lesson learned from 2% of your eligible base.