Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Overview

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a significant shift in health care in the United States. Support for the legislation, now public law, is consistent with advocacy principles adopted by the AAFP Congress of Delegates in October 2009.

Specifically, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

  • Guarantees coverage and expands access to health care for 32 million Americans;
  • Helps shift the United States toward a health care delivery system based on primary care by increasing payment for primary care services and other measures;
  • Advances the principles of the Patient Centered Medical Home;
  • Invests in training more family physicians;
  • Eliminates many of the worst practices of the health insurance industry, such as dropping patients when they get sick or denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

As more ACA provisions take effect, the AAFP will continue to monitor these programs, initiatives, and regulations to make sure that they are fully consistent with the needs and realities of primary care physicians and their patients. 


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