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Related AMA Policies

AMA Position

Council on Medical Service reports and information Our AMA’s Council on Medical Services (which includes an MSS member) has prepared numerous reports related to expanding health insurance coverage and patients' choice of health plans; the recommendations of these reports reflect the final actions of the AMA House of Delegates and are official AMA policy.

Documents about the AMA Plan The AMA’s Plan for Health Insurance Reform is based on advanceable, refundable tax credits; the PDF file online discusses why the AMA supports this method of increasing access to care.

MSS Digest of Policy Actions: Review policies passed by our MSS Assembly that cover health care costs, health care delivery, health care reform, and health insurance in our MSS Digest of Policy Actions.

For more information on the AMA’s actions, you can search AMA Policy Finder. This resource contains a searchable database of our AMA policy.

Government-related health policy links

Thomas: Legislative Information: A search engine to find language of any legislation from the last seven congressional terms.

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations: Jurisdiction includes all discretionary funding for federal programs.

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Commerce: Jurisdiction includes health authorizations and reauthorizations, including Medicaid, Medicare Part B (shared with Ways and Means), public health and health facilities. Key subcommittees that cover health policy issues include: a) Commerce, Consumer Protection and Competitiveness; b) Health and the Environment; and c) Transportation and Hazardous Materials.

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means: The House Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over all legislation relating to taxes and is crucial in shaping Medicare.

U.S. Senate, Committee on Finance: Jurisdiction includes Medicare, Medicaid and taxes. Key subcommittees that cover health policy issues include: a) Health Care and b) Social Security and Family Policy.

U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Jurisdiction includes health funding authorizations. Key subcommittees which cover health policy issues include: a) Aging; b) Children and Families; c) Employment, Safety, and Training; and d) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.

U.S. Senate, Special Committee on Aging:U.S. Senate, Special Committee on Aging: Although special committees have no legislative authority, this Committee has conducted studies of Medicare, prescription drug pricing, nursing home industry and other health issues related to elderly.