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Access to Care

Background

In order to benefit from health care services, people need to be able to access them. Affordability and lack of insurance can be major barriers to accessing needed care in the United States. The Affordable Care Act has made major progress in reducing the number of people who are uninsured, but major challenges remain to providing access to care.

Where We Stand

The American College of Physicians has a long-standing goal of increasing access to care in the United States. We support the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and advocated for its passage. We continue to advocate for improvements to the law and against attempts to weaken the coverage and protections that the ACA provides.

ADVOCACY WIN

Requiring Transparency in Drug Pricing in Television Ads Can Improve Access to Care

A final rule announced by the Trump Administration to require pharmaceutical manufacturers to disclose the cost of drugs in television advertisements is a promising step in improving transparency in prescription drug pricing.


Access to Care Recommendations

ACP Offers Recommendations to Improve the Affordable Care Act

ACP offers recommendations to improve the Affordable Care Act to lay the foundation for health care reforms that will lead to universal coverage for all Americans in a new policy paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Watch Video


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Access everything ACP has said related to access to care issues by searching all policy statements, copies of testimony, and letters to government and non-government officials.

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