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What the Affordable Care Act means for children and pediatricians
Date:10/25/2013

ORLANDO, Fla. At the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, the AAP will provide resources, workshops and presentations about what Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation means for children and pediatricians.

The AAP has worked to champion the law's child health provisions from its onset, and pediatricians are dedicated to working with families and parents as it takes effect at the state level. Pediatricians play an important role educating parents about what the ACA means for children and families, which is reflected in this year's National Conference & Exhibition program:

  • Pediatrician Anne Edwards, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on State Government Affairs, will present a plenary address 11:10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, titled "The 3 Year Visit: Checking Up on the Affordable Care Act."

  • At 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Dr. Edwards will lead a workshop with Michael McManus, MD, MPH, FAAP, a member of the AAP Committee on State Government Affairs, titled "How Will Insurance Exchanges Work for Pediatrics?"

Members of the media who wish to attend either session should first check in at the press room, W203B, of the Orange County Convention Center, for media credentials.

"Children are better off because of the Affordable Care Act, and pediatricians are dedicated to helping parents understand the options available to them and their children as implementation continues at the state level," said Dr. Edwards. "As we turn to the next few months, pediatricians stand ready in every state to help make sure that our patients and their families are receiving the care they need when they need it."

Starting Oct. 1, 2013, as part of ACA implementation, a six-month open enrollment period began for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance in the new marketplaces (formerly known as exchanges) in every state. The marketplaces will allow millions of
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Contact: Jamie Poslosky
jposlosky@aap.org
202-724-3308
American Academy of Pediatrics
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