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AOA Statement on BRCA

Wednesday, June 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Walls
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Dear Colleagues:


As you are likely aware, the US Senate yesterday opted to delay its scheduled vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) until after the July 4th recess. This announcement follows the release of a Congressional Budget Office analysis that predicts the bill would reduce health coverage and access to 22 million Americans over the next decade.


The American Osteopathic Association reiterated its opposition to the bill in light of this analysis. If enacted, the BCRA would erode Medicaid eligibility, reduce benefits and coverage, and ultimately result in higher premiums and deductibles for older, sicker and poorer patients.


I am on Capitol Hill today with a coalition of leaders from five primary care organizations to engage Senate leaders around our priority to ensure access to affordable care and coverage for our patients. The 500,000+ physicians and medical students represented by coalition members provide the majority of front-line care to Americans.


We are meeting with Senate members and staff today urging them to set aside the BCRA and focus instead on efforts that maintain access to care, promote quality patient outcomes and address rising health care costs.


The AOA will continue to update osteopathic physicians and students on developments as they become available. We may issue a call to action when the vote is scheduled. Your engagement in the form of calls, letters and emails will be critically important to help us amplify the voice of the front line physicians, who support access for our patients, and are willing to help design solutions which more effectively meet the needs of all patients.


Boyd R. Buser, DO
AOA President

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