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AMA Vision on Health Care Reform

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The AMA has long advocated for health insurance coverage for all Americans, as well as pluralism, freedom of choice, freedom of practice and universal access for patients.

The same core principles and priorities will guide future AMA advocacy efforts regarding health care reform proposals that are central to our mission of improving public health.

Physician Organizations Defend Patient Insurance Coverage

AMA and other physician organizations file an amicus brief in response to the Texas vs. the United States court case that would undermine patient protections.

2017 Health Care Reform Objectives

The AMA views the discussions about the future of health reform through its mission dedicated to the betterment of public health, medical ethics, scientific evidence and long-standing policies adopted by representatives from over 190 physician organizations.

In 2017, we released a summary of the AMA health reform objectives (PDF) and the following are highlights of the key elements that will guide the AMA in discussions with Congress and the Trump Administration.

  1. Continue efforts to cover the uninsured, and ensure that any future proposals do not cause individuals covered as a result of Affordable Care Act provisions to become uninsured.
  2. Maintain key insurance market reforms, such as pre-existing conditions, guaranteed issue and parental coverage for young adults.
  3. Stabilize and strengthen the individual insurance market.
  4. Ensure that low/moderate income patients are able to secure affordable and adequate coverage.
  5. Ensure that Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other safety net programs are adequately funded.
  6. Reduce regulatory burdens that detract from patient care and increase costs.
  7. Provide greater cost transparency throughout the health care system.
  8. Incorporate common sense medical liability reforms.
  9.  Continue the advancement of delivery reforms and new physician-led payment models to achieve better outcomes, higher quality and lower spending trends.

Patient-physician roundtable-Atlanta

Patients and physicians shared their thoughts about health care at a roundtable hosted by the AMA.

AMA's Efforts to Reaffirm Our Vision for America's Health System 

The AMA has sent multiple letters to Congress to oppose the American Health Care Act of 2017 and the Better Care Reconciliation Act and other factors that detract from patient care. View the timeline outlining AMA's efforts to reaffirm our vision for America's health system and our belief that the patient is the center of all health reform efforts.  

The AMA's Council on Medical Service produces reports to evaluate the social and economic aspects of health care reform. Also, we have a white paper series, Improving the Health Insurance Marketplace, that has strategies to support the development of strong and competitive health insurance markets so individuals and families can purchase affordable health insurance.

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