Welcome to The ACP Advocate.
Our first story this week again examines the issue of health care reform. We detail what Congress might have to do to again start moving forward toward reform. Our second article takes a look at the administration’s recent State of the Union address and the President’s Budget. We let you know how the proposals in both of these may affect our priorities and the push for health care reform.
Our third article this week looks at a new regulation that will go into effect next year in California. The new law sets maximum times that HMO patients will have to wait for a doctor’s appointment.
Also, our annual State of the Nation’s Health Care briefing is coming up next week. Our president, Joe Stubbs, and I will address reporters at the National Press Club in D.C. to tell them what we think needs to happen to ensure health care reform becomes a reality.
Finally, for more coverage of health care reform and what’s happening in Washington, take a look at my blog, The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty. Also, I’m happy to let you know the blog is a finalist in the sixth annual Medical Weblog Awards for the best Health Policy/Ethics Weblog. Voting began on Jan. 27 and will close at midnight on Feb. 14. Please take a moment to vote for the ACP Advocate Blog.
And, as always, please send your feedback and suggestions on this newsletter to: TheACPAdvocate@acponline.org.
Senior Vice President
Governmental Affairs and Public Policy
American College of Physicians