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House Committee Passes AMA-Supported Revisions to Health Reform Bill

For immediate release:
Aug. 1, 2009

Statement attributable to:
J. James Rohack, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The House Energy and Commerce committee passed important AMA-supported revisions to the House bill that will allow physicians to negotiate payment rates in the public plan option and guarantee voluntary physician participation.  We applaud members of the committee for recognizing that the ability to negotiate payment rates will help ensure physician participation.  The committee also passed medical liability reform.

“The House bill expands coverage through a choice in plans, eliminates denials based on pre-existing conditions and repeals the flawed Medicare physician payment formula.”


Katherine Hatwell
AMA Media Relations

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