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ACP Expresses Support for Medicare Drug Benefit Legislation

(Washington, DC): The American College of Physicians (ACP) has voiced support for the Medicare prescription drug benefit agreement reached by House and Senate conferees.

"We congratulate you and your colleagues for achieving bipartisan agreement on legislation that would provide Medicare prescription drug coverage to seniors and make many other needed changes to the Medicare program," said ACP President-elect Charles Francis, MD, FACP, FACC. "We are pleased to express our support for the agreement."

"We have yet to review final legislative language, but based on the summary of the agreement that has been released, it appears to meet all of the College's major policy objectives," said Dr. Francis. "Therefore, ACP believes Congress should pass the conference agreement. We look forward to the opportunity to review final legislative language and to provide Congress with additional comments as necessary."

Dr. Francis noted that the agreement represents a huge step forward in providing affordable drug coverage, maintaining access to physician services, improving reimbursements in rural areas, easing unnecessary Medicare regulations, and facilitating the voluntary use of electronic prescribing.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

Jack Pope, 202-261-4556, jpope@acponline.org

Page Posted: 11-19-03

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