Update on Senate Legislation & New Data on the Uninsured

The ACP Advocate

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October 09, 2009
In this issue
» Health-Care Reform Moves Forward With Final Baucus Bill

» Census Finds Variations in Uninsured by State and Income

» Federal Report Says Health Insurance Reform Will Benefit Seniors

About this newsletter

The ACP Advocate is an e-newsletter, edited by the College's Washington, DC governmental affairs division, created to provide you, our members, with succinct news about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care. To learn more about ACP's Advocacy and to access the ACP Advocate archives, go to www.acponline.org/advocacy.

Welcome to The ACP Advocate.

In this week’s issue we update you on the comprehensive health care reform legislation that is continuing to move through the Senate Finance Committee. We also detail for you, two new reports. The first is new Census data about health insurance. The data, collected in the Annual Social and Economic Supplement conducted earlier this year, showed a rising number of uninsured and more people being covered by government programs. The second report, issued by HHS, was released to make the case that health care reform will benefit seniors.

For more coverage of health care reform take a look at my blog, The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty. I encourage you to post your own comments and become part of the discussion taking place among members like you.

Also, if you’re interested in more information about ACP’s priorities for health care reform I encourage you to check out the Advocacy section of ACP’s Web siteThere you’ll find a summary of our top priorities and a comparison of the major health bills currently being considered in Congress.

And, as always, please send your feedback and suggestions on this newsletter to: TheACPAdvocate@acponline.org.

Yours truly,

Bob Doherty
Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians

In the news
» Health-Care Reform Moves Forward With Final Baucus Bill
  Senate Finance Committee version falls short, however, in some areas key to ACP

Most Americans would have to have health insurance, subsidies would be available to help low-income families and Medicaid would be expanded under provisions in the final text of the Senate Finance Committee's health-reform bill, released Oct. 2 and awaitin... » Click to read the full article

» Census Finds Variations in Uninsured by State and Income
  New report reveals that government has stepped in as employers pull back

A new U.S. Census report shows that while the number of people without medical insurance rose only slightly from 2007 to 2008, more people were covered by government programs as employer-sponsored coverage continued to decline.

The total number... » Click to read the full article

» Federal Report Says Health Insurance Reform Will Benefit Seniors
  Proponents, critics spar over proposed cuts to health plans and providers

Countering assertions that health reform will hurt seniors, the federal government has issued a report that "sets the record straight."

Prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the seven-page report -- titled "Heal... » Click to read the full article

In focus
ACP President Appears at White House Event
ACP President Joseph Stubbs was among 100 physicians invited to appear with President Obama at an Oct. 5 White House event to show physician support for broad principles for improving the health care system. He was accompanied by Wayne J. Riley, MD, MACP, a member of ACP's Board of Regents. While the principles were consistent with ACP policies -- including: prohibiting exclusions for pre-existing conditions, reducing defensive medicine costs & replacing Medicare’s SGR formula -- their attendance did not constitute ACP endorsement of particular bills or partisan political activities.

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