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January 10, 2014
In this issue
» With Affordable Care Act in Full Effect, Physicians Should Start Feeling the Effects

» New Report Assesses Benefits of Medicaid Expansion Effort

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

Welcome to The ACP Advocate

It's our first issue of 2014 and Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace plans have just started operating. Our first story today is about the roll-out of those plans and patient concerns that you may be seeing in your practices. I encourage you to take a look at the article and to check out the first link in the resources at the bottom for more advice from the College on how to handle issues you may see.

Our second story today is also about the ACA, specifically the Medicaid expansion that is happening in some states. A new commentary in Annals details the benefits that states participating in the expansion of this program will see for their residents. Check out the article for more details about what you may see, or not see, in your state.

We'll see you again on Jan. 24. Until our next issue, for more coverage of what's happening in Washington take a look at my award-winning blog, The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty.  You can also follow me on Twitter @BobDohertyACP.

As always, please send your feedback and suggestions on this newsletter to:

Yours truly,

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

In the news
» With Affordable Care Act in Full Effect, Physicians Should Start Feeling the Effects
  Expect a flood of questions, some stress and frustrations, ACP leader warns

With the Affordable Care Act adding millions of people to the health insurance rolls, practicing physicians should be prepared for the complications that probably will occur as people new to insurance beg... » Click to read the full article

» New Report Assesses Benefits of Medicaid Expansion Effort
  Making health care accessible to more people falls in line with long-held College stance, author notes

The Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid could help millions of Americans receive much-needed health care -- but only if states agree to expand their programs, reports a new commentary published in <... » Click to read the full article

In focus
The ACA on Jan. 1
With the bulk of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions set to go into effect on Jan. 1, ACP has updated our resources on ACA enrollment. We encourage you to visit our page for more information about resources that can help your patients enroll in the health insurance exchanges. We also have a new resource “Affordable Care Act Issues Physicians Need to Know” which can help guide you in speaking with patients about their concerns on things like network issues, deductibles and prescription drug coverage.

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