A judge's Dec. 14 ruling in a lawsuit challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act potentially puts millions of Americans at risk, the AAFP warns. In a letter objecting to the ruling(2 page PDF), the Academy says the decision, if allowed to stand, would have "a profoundly negative impact on our patients."
Access to care for millions of families is threatened by the administration's proposed Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds rule, the AAFP told the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a Dec. 3 letter. The regulation as written "not only threatens our patients’ health but will also significantly increase uncompensated costs to the health care system and U.S. taxpayers," the Academy said.
Two final rules designed to give "conscience protections" to employers with religious or moral objections to contraceptive coverage unconscionably interfere with the physician-patient relationship and unfairly strip Americans of care, the Academy and four other major physician organizations have told the administration.