You'll be connected to the American Medical Association's (AMA) "Patients Before Politics" site, then click on "Physicians: Take Action," where you will be linked to your representative to send an email.
Despite enormous hurdles and disagreement within the House and Senate Republican caucuses, House Republican leaders are pushing to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “repeal and replace” plan on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before the April recess. They plan to pass the legislation through the budget reconciliation process, which only allows provisions that have a financial impact. However, reconciliation only requires a 51-majority vote – rather than the usual 60 votes required in the Senate.
The California Medical Association (CMA) is standing by these core health reform priorities, which are to:
- Improve access to physicians
- Protect state and federal Medicaid funding
- Ensure Californians do not lose coverage
- Provide affordable coverage, particularly for low- and moderate-income families
- Eliminate administrative and regulatory burdens in the Medicaid and Medicare programs
- Provide a choice of insurers, HSAs and physicians.
- Maintain reforms on the insurance industry – coverage for pre-existing conditions, 85 percent medical loss ratio and no annual/lifetime limits on benefits
- Stabilize the individual insurance market
- Provide access to affordable prescription drugs
To read an analysis of the plan by California Medical Association President Ruth Haskins, M.D., see "American Health Care Act won’t help patients access doctors or receive affordable, quality care."
Resources and Information
- CMA letter of concerns to Congress (3/7/17)
- CMA summary: The American Health Care Act (3/7/17)
- AHCA won’t help patients access doctors or receive affordable, quality care (Op-ed by CMA President Dr. Ruth Haskins, 3/8/17)
- AMA letter of concerns to Congress (3/7/17)
- Congressional Budget Office cost estimate (3/13/17)
- Medicaid in California (1/17)
- Medicaid enrollment by county (11/16)
- Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment by Congressional district (1/12/17)
- CMA's ACA exchange resources for physicians