American College of Physicians Enthusiastically Supports Introduction of Bipartisan Health CARE Act
May 15, 2007
Who: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Congressman Steven C. LaTourette (R-Ohio), co-sponsors of the Bipartisan Health CARE (Coverage, Affordability, Responsibility and Equity Act) Act; and David C. Dale, MD, FACP, president of the American College of Physicians
What: Press briefing to discuss Health CARE Act
Where: Cannon Terrace, Capitol Hill
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at 11:00 a.m.
According to information from the Census Bureau, 44.8 million Americans lacked health coverage for all of 2005. Without insurance, children and adults do not have access to regular preventive and screening checks, and often delay obtaining treatment until they are seriously ill. This leads to an increase in premature deaths and unnecessary suffering, and produces staggering costs to society: lost employee days from work, higher health care bills (and taxes and premiums) for those who have insurance, and increased emergency room visits and hospital stays.
The Health CARE Act would give states new options to cover the working poor: an income-based option to provide Medicaid coverage, and a new option to guarantee coverage to eligible children under the S-CHIP program without being subject to federal funding caps. States that expand Medicaid coverage to all individuals up to 100% of the federal poverty level would have their increased costs fully subsidized through an increase in the federal matching rate (Federal Medical Assistance Percentages or FMAP). States that guarantee S-CHIP coverage to all eligible children would be exempted from federal funding caps.
The Health CARE Act is based in large part on a proposal by the American College of Physicians, the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 120,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illness in adults. For more information on ACP policies, visit www.acponline.org/advocacy.
David Kinsman, APR
American College of Physicians