Impact on access, quality, and cost of possible proposed changes to ACA offered by ACP

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American College of Physicians

Washington (March 1, 2017) The American College of Physicians (ACP) today addressed a letter to House and Senate leadership offering its thoughts -- including concerns -- about the impact on access, quality, and cost of possible proposed changes to the ACA. Previous letters to Congress from ACP emphasized that any changes to current law, including to the ACA, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program should "first, do no harm" to patients and actually result in better coverage and access to care for essential medical services. ACP also developed 10 key questions that should be asked of any legislation that would alter the coverage and consumer protections under current law.

"We now write to share our observations about how some of the policies reportedly being considered by the congressional leadership and authorizing committees may fall short in satisfying the criteria for improvement set out in those questions," said Nitin Damle, MD, MS, MACP, ACP's president.

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