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 Response to HHS on Section 1557 - August 7, 2019(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to OMB - June 19, 2019(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to the House O&I Subcommittee on Title X Family Planning - June 18, 2019(2 page PDF)
Statement from the Group of Six on Protecting Transgender Patients and Women's Reproductive Health - May 28, 2019(3 page PDF)
AAFP Support Letter to House Leadership for HR 987, Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act - May 15, 2019(1 page PDF)
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