Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
- Response: CMS Response to AAFP on Provider Directories(2 page PDF)
- AAFP News: Supreme Court Decision Upholds Health Care Act
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.
AAFP Letter to CMS on 2017 Marketplaces - January 11, 2016(5 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS on Access to Medicaid Services - December 24, 2015(4 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to HHS on Proposed 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters - December 16, 2015(4 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS Supporting Medicare Coverage of Cervical Screenings - May 11, 2015(1 page PDF)
Joint Letter to CMS on Annual Wellness Visit Concerns - April 30, 2015(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to EBSA Responding to Changes in SBC and Uniform Glossary - March 2, 2015(6 page PDF)
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