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ACP releases framework for policies enabling access to affordable health insurance coverage
Date:5/29/2008

  • Small employers should have new options for obtaining coverage;

  • Once coverage is affordable and available, national and/or state-based health plans should ensure that all individuals participate in the plan; and

  • An expert advisory commission should be created to recommend a core set of benefits.

  • The federal government should provide dedicated funding to states that have requested federal support for efforts to redesign their health care delivery programs to expand coverage and organize care around a Patient-Centered Medical Home.

    Many of the key elements of ACPs framework already have been incorporated into a bipartisan bill, called the Health Coverage, Access, Responsibility and Affordability Act (HealthCARE Act HR 2351), introduced by Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Steve LaTourette (R-OH).

    Reforms are also needed to assure that patients will have access to a personal physician who knows them and who has the tools and systems needed to improve care coordination a Patient-Centered Medical Homesupported by a reimbursement system that pays for coordination and prevention, not just volume of services, Dr. Harris concluded.


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  • Contact: David Kinsman
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    202-261-4554
    American College of Physicians
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