State of the Union Address Foreshadows Challenges to Health Security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Statement attributable to:
Michael Munger, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“America’s health care system has seen dramatic change in the past year. And based on President Trump’s State of the Union address, we can expect more change in 2018. As Congress and the Administration move to execute policies affecting patients’ access to care, the AAFP will continue to strongly advocate for comprehensive, meaningful and affordable health care for everyone, regardless of age, gender or medical history.

“We support policies that will stabilize the health insurance market and look forward to the opportunity to work with the Administration and Congress to establish health policies that ensure Americans have affordable, meaningful health insurance. The AAFP has called for funding cost-sharing reductions that enable insurance companies to provide comprehensive coverage at affordable costs to low-income families. And although we support increased access to affordable health care coverage, we do not support policies that put low cost above meaningful coverage. Plans that skirt the current law’s requirements for covering pre-existing conditions and essential benefits such as maternity care, diagnostic tests and emergency care provide inadequate coverage, increase patient costs and potentially result in health and financial insecurity.

“The AAFP also welcomes the Administration’s continued attention to high drug prices. Skyrocketing drug prices dramatically increase patients’ costs and make it harder to afford what patients need to live a healthy life. We urge the administration to move beyond rhetoric and take action that ensures patients can afford the medications their physicians prescribe.

“The AAFP looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration on policies that put patients first and that provide true access to the preventive and primary care services proven to prevent illness, complications of chronic conditions, unnecessary costs and lost worker productivity.”


Editor's Note:
To arrange an interview with Dr. Munger, contact Leslie Champlin, 800-274-2237, Ext. 6252, or lchampli@aafp.org.

 

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