Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a significant shift in health care in the United States. The 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 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.
AAFP Letter to House and Senate Leadership on Health Reform - December 28, 2016(5 page PDF)
AAFP Testimony to House Energy & Commerce on USPSTF - NOvember 30, 2016(6 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS on Proposed Rule on ACA Exchanges - October 6, 2016(5 page PDF)
Joint ACOG Letter to HHS on Coverage for Contraception - September 20, 2016(4 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to HHS Supporting Health Care Coverage in U.S. Territories - July 22, 2016(2 page PDF)
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