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.
Joint Letter to Senators Alexander and Murray Supporting Bipartisan Individual Market Stabilization Proposal - October 19, 2017(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to Senators Alexander and Murray on the Market Stabilization Bill - October 19, 2017(2 page PDF)
AAFP Response Letter to the FDA on Food Menu Labeling Requirements - October 16, 2017(2 page PDF)
Group of 6 Statement in Response to Discontinuation of Payments for Cost-sharing Reductions (CSR) - October 13, 2017(2 page PDF)
Group of 6 Statement on the Executive Order Regarding Association Health Plans (AHPs) - October 12, 2017(3 page PDF)
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