The ACP Advocate is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that provides ACP members with news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care.
February 23, 2024
Patients Before Paperwork
In New Jersey, Landmark Bill Updates Requirements, Increases Transparency in Prior Authorization Process
ACP-NJ Chapter advocacy was instrumental in ensuring passage of the bill; ACP members can utilize resources to effect prior authorization changes in their states.
Advocacy in Action
Through a partnership with Vot-ER, ACP provides resources to members to help them discuss voting with patients, encourage patients to vote.
ACP Advocacy in the Courts Ensures Patient and Physician Perspectives Represented in Important Legal Decisions
In recent months, ACP has filed briefs in cases on Medicare prescription drug negotiation, reproductive health, gender-affirming care and firearm violence prevention.
In Case You Missed It
ACP is calling on internal medicine physicians to contact your members of Congress to ask them to support the Improving Seniors Timely Access to Care Act and the Safe Step Act. The Improving Seniors Timely Access to Care Act would further streamline prior authorization for Medicare Advantage plans. The Safe Step Act would require group health plans to provide an exception process to any medication step therapy protocol.
Visit ACP's Legislative Action Center to learn more and to take action. A sample email message is provided for you that includes space for you to personalize the letter. Join the Advocates for Internal Medicine network to receive ACP's action alerts directly and advocate for the interests of internal medicine in Washington.
Advocacy News From ACP
Joint Statement on Support for COVID-19 Vaccinations
Statement with other physician groups in support of COVID-19 vaccines as one of the most effective public health tools we have to prevent spread of the virus, hospitalizations and death.
ACP Statement to Energy and Commerce Committee on the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act
ACP statement to committee endorsing legislation that would ensure that physicians across the country continue to have access to education and training on effective strategies to prevent stress and burnout before the need becomes dire.
Joint Letter in Support of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act
Letter expressing support for access to mental and behavioral health support and treatment through the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act.
ACP Statement to House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on Examining Chronic Drug Shortages in the US
ACP statement to subcommittee to support the examination of the harmful effects of drug shortages on patient care.
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