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 and DOT Guidance on Section 1332 Waivers - December 19, 2018(3 page PDF)
AAFP Statement on Texas v. Azar - December 15, 2018(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter from the Group of Six to Senator Baldwin Supporting Resolution of Disapproval STLDI Plans - September 4, 2018(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to House of Representatives on Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2018 - July 25, 2018(2 page PDF)
Joint Statement from the Group of Six on the Suspension of Risk Adjustment Payments - July 11, 2018(2 page PDF)
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