AAFP Welcomes Congressional Focus on Reducing Health Care Costs

Thursday, July 26, 2018

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

"The American Academy of Family Physicians appreciates that Congress is focusing attention on the escalating cost of health care through two provisions of the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018.

"This legislation establishes direct primary care membership fees as allowable medical expenses, now permitting individuals to use their health savings accounts to pay their direct primary care membership fee. The AAFP is fully supportive of the direct primary care model and this provision would make it more accessible for patients.

"We are also pleased that the legislation removes restrictions on over-the-counter medicines for flexible spending accounts, with menstrual care products now included.

"We look forward to continuing to work with Congress on policies that reduce health care costs so that more Americans have accessible and affordable primary health care."

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Munger, contact Megan Moriarty, 800-274-2237, Ext. 6052, or mmoriarty@aafp.org.

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