July 17, 2018
Read Seema Verma's letter in full
April 18, 2018
Physicians for a National Health Program leader Dr. Ed Weisbart will speak on “What Does ‘Medicare for All’ Mean for Medical Practice, Physicians, Patients and the USA?”
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: All Souls Cathedral Zabriskie Hall, 9 Swan Street, Asheville
April 11, 2018
Dr. Robert Kline has shared an article with the Western Carolina Medical Society that he wrote for Physicians for a National Health Program. Dr. Kline eagerly wanted to share with his colleagues from WNC.
February 9, 2018
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announced the administration’s first new Medicare alternative payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). This voluntary model includes 29 inpatient and 3 outpatient clinical episodes. Please join AMA Board Chair Dr. Gerald Harmon on Monday evening, Feb. 26th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm Central time, for a free webinar on the model. The webinar, designed for physicians and focusing on the clinical aspects of the model, will be presented by CMMI’s Dr. Steven Farmer, who is a cardiologist, senior advisor and medical officer. Dr. Farmer will also respond to questions from webinar participants. The webinar comes at a key time, two weeks before applications to participate in the model will be due.
September 26, 2017
Over the weekend and earlier today, changes were made to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson health system reform legislation. These changes would primarily benefit a handful of states where Republican Senators have threatened to vote against the legislation on the floor. In addition, changes were made that seem intended to address Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) interest in providing still more flexibility to states under the proposed new block grant system. Highlights of the recent changes include the following:
- Directs more federal funding to key states, including Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, and Maine:
- Tightens language regarding pre-existing conditions: states would have to describe how their health plans "shall maintain access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions." The original language said each state had to show how it "intends" to have adequate and affordable access to coverage.
- States are given broad new authority to allow insurance companies to design new insurance rules for individuals and insurers that receive money through the block grant program. Under the new version, states would no longer be required to apply for waivers from many of the ACA’s patient protections; instead, states could let insurers impose deductibles that are higher than the limits set by the ACA, or remove the health law’s limits on the costs that an individual family can incur in a year entirely. They could also offer coverage that lacks some of the ACA’s essential health benefits, such as maternity care, prescription drugs or mental health. Plus, states could let insurers widen the gap between how much older people and young people are charged. And states could remove requirements that insurers cover preventive-health treatments and immunizations. This could result in insurers offering bare-bones insurance policies that feature cheaper premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs, thereby pricing out individuals with pre-existing conditions.
September 19, 2017
The attached letter was sent to the Senate leadership today, expressing the AMA’s opposition to the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Amendment to H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act of 2017.” The legislation does not meet the principles for health system reform that the AMA shared with Congress on the first day of the 2017 legislative session. In particular, it would result in millions of Americans losing health insurance coverage, further destabilize the health insurance marketplace, undermine the health care safety net provided by Medicaid, and jeopardize important insurance reforms such as guaranteed issue and the ban on pre-existing condition exclusions and benefit caps.
To take advantage of the preferred procedural rules provided for budget reconciliation bills that would allow passage by the Senate with a simple majority, the legislation must be passed by September 30. House passage could be delayed until after that deadline, but no changes could be made. A Congressional Budget Office estimate of the amendment’s impact is expected early next week; due to time constraints, it is not expected to include estimated impacts on coverage or other important details.
September 12, 2017
On behalf of the more than 12,000 physician and physician assistant members of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), we respectfully submit these comments on the Proposed Plan Design for NC Medicaid.
July 26, 2017
During consideration of proposals related to the Affordable Care Act, the American Medical Association urges Senators to consider the impact their votes will have on the health of all Americans.
June 27, 2017
A lot of big numbers have been tossed around in the days since Senate leaders unveiled a “discussion draft” of legislation—dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA)—that would dramatically reshape how our country’s health system is financed.
June 22, 2017
The Senate released their version of the House passed American Health Care Act entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.
May 5, 2017
Today the US House of Representatives passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on a party line vote of 217-213.
May 4, 2017
Despite amendments to bill, millions of Americans would still lose health insurance coverage
May 2, 2017
Let your voice be heard about Medicaid and Health Choice reform.
May 2, 2017
This amendment, called the MacArthur/Meadows Amendment, makes a bad bill worse for low-income families in WNC.
April 28, 2017
Call your members of Congress and tell them to no on the American Health Care Act (AHCA).