In addition to the work the AMA is doing on the Recovery Plan, we are also advocating at the federal and state levels on key issues in population care and health disparities.

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  • Sent joint letters with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to the White House (PDF) and the Food and Drug Administration (PDF) to support continued unrestricted access to mifepristone.  
  • Released a statement declaring the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization an egregious allowance of government intrusion into medicine. 
  • In response to the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the AMA supported new HHS privacy guidance making it clear that physicians are not required to disclose private medical information to third parties and providing patients with tips on the use of personal cell phones and tablets. 
  • AMA President Jack Resneck Jr., MD, testified in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations as part of its hearing, “Roe Reversal: The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to an Abortion.” 
  • Joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and more than 75 other medical professional societies in voicing unified opposition to legislative interference in the relationship between patients, physicians and other health professionals. 
  • Applauded President Biden’s executive order pledging to explore pathways to protect access to reproductive health care services. 
  • The AMA supports the Administration’s guidance on EMTALA superseding state bans on abortions and has filed amicus briefs in Texas v. Becerra and United States v. Idaho on the topic.
  • The AMA has filed a number of amicus briefs challenging state bans on abortion.
  • Over two-thirds of states have taken steps to extend Medicaid coverage for postpartum women from 60 days to 12 months after birth.
    • 13 states have implemented postpartum Medicaid expansions.
    • 19 states have authorized coverage expansions for postpartum women or are in the process to doing so.
  • AMA supported the passage of the “Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021.”
  • The Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations package included nearly $1 billion in maternal health priorities.
  • The AMA has supported multiple pieces of legislation including:
    • The TRIUMPH for New Moms Act of 2021 which would create a Task Force on Maternal Mental Health to identify, evaluate, and make recommendations to coordinate and improve federal responses to maternal mental health conditions, as well as create a national strategic plan for addressing maternal mental health disorders.
    • The “MOMMA’s Act” which consists of five main components including providing technical maternal mortality reporting assistance for states; issuing best practices to state Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs); expanding Medicaid and CHIP coverage for postpartum care from 60 days to a year; supporting the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal (AIM); and establishing Regional Centers of Excellence.
    • The “Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act” which would instruct the Federal Communications Commission to consult with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine ways to incorporate data on maternal health outcomes for at least one year postpartum into broadband health mapping tools in an effort to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in the U.S.
  • Issued a statement against the draft Supreme Court opinion for the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case and filed an amicus brief (PDF) with more than two dozen leading medical organizations.
  • Developed a model state bill to protect pregnant, parenting and postpartum individuals and families with a substance use disorder to receive evidence-based treatment without facing punitive actions.
  • Successfully urged the Administration to fix the “family glitch” and provide affordable health care coverage.
  • Working with health care stakeholder groups, urged the Administration to maintain the public health emergency that expands coverage for care and extends key regulatory flexibilities until there is an extended period of greater stability.
  • Successfully urged for adoption of stronger network adequacy rules for Qualified Health Plans and Medicare Advantage plans.
  • Pushed (PDF) for permanent expansion of health insurance premium tax credits, ensuring millions of low- and middle-income families continue to have access to affordable coverage in 2023 and beyond.
  • Released 2022 and Beyond: AMA’s Plan to Cover the Uninsured (PDF), which includes specific policy proposals targeting not only the populations who remain uninsured but also steps that can be taken to improve premium and cost-sharing affordability.
  • The AMA is currently advocating for a broad range of immigration and border security policy changes, including those that would ease visa restrictions for foreign-born physicians seeking to train or practice in the U.S.
  • Submitted a Statement for the Record (PDF) to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship on the issue of physician immigration and workforce shortages.
  • CDC announced the complete termination of Title 42, which allowed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to expel migrants at the border based on their country of origin, path of travel or likelihood of coming into contact with a communicable disease such as COVID-19.
  • Advocated to various stakeholders that more must be done to address why care experiences and clinical outcomes vary by race/ethnicity and encourage additional efforts to improve outcomes and satisfaction for historically minoritized patients seen by non-racially concordant doctors.
  • Successfully defeated harmful anti-transgender legislation in over a dozen states that would have prohibited physicians from providing medically necessary gender-affirming care to transgender minor patients.
    • Submitted amicus briefs with national specialty medical associations in support of lawsuits that successfully challenged bans in Alabama, Arkansas and Texas.
    • Work with state medical associations continues in other states.

Learn more about our efforts issues covered in the AMA Recovery Plan for America’s Physicianspublic health and pandemic response and removing obstacles to care.

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