AAFP Statement: AAFP Will Listen for Continued Commitment To Patients’ Access to High Quality Health Care in State of the Union Address
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Statement attributable to:
Jeff Cain, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians
“As President Obama delivers his State of the Union address next week, the American Academy of Family Physicians will be listening for continued commitment to ensuring Americans’ access to care both today and in the future.
“Our country has made initial progress in transforming our fragmented, duplicative, high-cost system into one that is more coordinated, patient-centered, and focused on prevention. But this is only the beginning. The AAFP will be looking for President Obama’s continued commitment to that progress.
“We will look for perseverance in transitioning Medicare payment policies toward those that support patient-centered delivery models that ensure elderly and disabled patients have health security and that the physicians who care for them have resources to build and expand the patient-centered medical home.
“We will look for perseverance in providing Medicaid coverage to low-income working adults who earn up to138 percent of federal poverty.
“We will look for perseverance in building the primary care physician workforce, with continued support for graduate medical education policies that train physicians in the community, that promote greater social accountability by using tax-supported GME payments as a means of meeting society’s need for primary care physicians, and that begin to erase disparities in access to necessary medical care.
“Primary medical care is the foundation of high quality, cost-effective health care. The AAFP will be watching for the Administration’s commitment to build on that foundation.”
Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Cain, contact Leslie Champlin, 800-274-2237, Ext. 5224, or email@example.com.
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