AAFP Statement: Sebelius Nomination Promises Strong Voice for Affordable Access to Health Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Monday, March 02, 2009

Statement attributable to:
Ted Epperly, M.D.
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services promises solid leadership in the national debate on health care reform.

As the governor of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ home state, Sebelius has demonstrated her bipartisan expertise in supporting family medicine’s positions on equitable, affordable and accessible health care for all Kansans.

She would bring comprehensive knowledge of the multiple facets of the health reform debate. As governor, Sebelius was instrumental in establishing the Kansas Health Policy Authority, the agency that coordinates statewide health policy agenda and works to ensure access to affordable, efficient and high quality health care for the state’s residents. The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians has worked extensively with the Kansas Health Policy Authority on issues such as the patient-centered medical home and clean indoor air.

As insurance commissioner for the state of Kansas, Sebelius balanced the needs of patients with the needs of employers and the insurance industry, and successfully maintained affordable health insurance for Kansans.

The American Academy of Family Physicians congratulates President Obama on nominating a strong advocate for access to affordable, efficient and high quality health care. We look forward to working with Kathleen Sebelius, upon her confirmation, in shaping health care reform.

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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