AAFP Supports Legislation to Build on Successes of Affordable Care Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Friday, July 3, 2020

Statement attributable to:
Gary L. LeRoy, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians is discouraged by the Administration’s continued interest in undermining the Affordable Care Act, especially during a pandemic.

“In effect for a decade, the Affordable Care Act has provided needed patient protections and access to care. The return to pre-existing condition exclusions, annual and lifetime limits, and young adults without access to coverage on their parents’ health insurance plans represents a major step backwards in the shared goal of ensuring access to quality care.

“We are encouraged to see that Congress is taking a more productive path to pursue reforms to the law that builds on its successes. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 1425) would make needed improvements to the existing law by expanding access to health care coverage and strengthening patient protections.

“Now more than ever, in the face of a pandemic, we should be working to build on what works and not eliminate a law that has provided health care coverage to millions of Americans.”

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

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