Advocacy Brief: Health Care Will Fundamentally Change. Act Now. Act Often.
ACP is stepping up efforts right now to ensure that much-needed improvements for internal medicine are included in comprehensive health care reform legislation. We need your help more than ever to ensure that ACP's top priorities are addressed in the legislation: health coverage for all, and access to an internist or other primary care physician.
Key congressional committees are pursuing a very aggressive timetable. They are working to get legislation through their committees in July, with a target of August 1 for a vote on a final bill. The decisions they make could determine the future of patient care in the United States, and especially, if internal medicine itself has a viable future.
Now is our best chance to ensure that the legislation includes policies to ensure that your future patients will have access to coverage and to care by an internist or other primary care physician.
Please contact Congress now to ask that they ensure that these four provisions are included in the health care reform legislation being drafted right now by Congress:
1. Ensure that all Americans will have access to affordable coverage.
2. Improve Medicare fee for service system payments to make primary care competitive with other specialties.
3. Pilot test new Medicare payment models that re-align incentives to support effective, efficient, patient-centered, coordinated care.
4. Create a national policy to ensure sufficient numbers of physicians, including general internists and other specialists facing critical shortages.
ACP's continued success on Capitol Hill greatly depends upon year-round grassroots support from the College's over 5,000 Key Contacts. Key Contacts communicate with their members of Congress on issues of importance to medical students, internists and their patients, and report the results back to ACP. Sign up to become a Key Contact now. To enroll as a Key Contact, ACP members are not required to have existing relationships with their members of Congress. ACP gives them the tools necessary to develop and maintain relationships. The program is open to all membership categories.
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