Access to Care
Fulfilling a long-time advocacy goal of the AMA, passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) will expand coverage to an additional 32 million Americans by 2019. Key provisions within the Act that expand coverage and increase access to care include the elimination of coverage exclusions for pre-existing conditions; providing refundable and advanceable "premium" credits for the purchase of private insurance for those with incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL): expanding coverage to dependent children to age 26; and expanding Medicaid to all with incomes up to 133% of FPL.
These and other provisions in the Act are consistent with key pillars of the AMA's previously developed and refined proposal for expanding health insurance coverage and choice, and the goals of the Association's "Voice for the Uninsured" campaign. The AMA has created a number of resources related to the expanded coverage provisions within the Act, and will continue to develop further resources as regulations are developed.