What's Next for Government Funding, Advocacy in 2017, and Medicaid Work Requirements

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January 26, 2018

Welcome to The ACP Advocate,

We start today by updating you about the brief shutdown of the federal government that occurred earlier this week.  Funding is set to run out again on Feb. 8, and there remain several critical health programs that remain unfunded.  We'll be advocating with Congress over the next couple of weeks as we approach the next deadline for those things and for them to find a solution for DACA recipients.

In our second article we let you know about what ACP advocacy achieved over the last year.  I encourage you to read the article and to check out the infographic we link to at the end for more information about all of the different issues we advocated for.

Finally, we end by letting you know about recent guidance from CMS to the state Medicaid programs about how they can begin to seek waiver that would put into place work requirements for Medicaid recipients. ACP plans to continue to advocate against requirements that would place a heavy burden on beneficiaries.

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: TheACPAdvocate@acponline.org.

Yours truly,

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

In the news
» Issues Remain in Wake of Shutdown Drama

Key federal health programs need to be addressed

Jan. 26, 2018 (ACP) Congress acted Monday to avoid a national crisis by voting to end a 69-hour shutdown but significant issues remain unresolved.

A congressional deal Monday afternoon ended the ... (read more)

» How ACP Advocacy Helped Physicians and Patients in the Past Year

Despite challenges, College reports significant successes

Jan. 26, 2018 (ACP) -- After nearly four decades advocating for internists, Bob Doherty, senior vice president for governmental affairs and public policy for the American College of Physicians, said he's neve... (read more)

» ACP Speaks Out Against Medicaid Work Requirements

Policy change seen as a harmful barrier to patients' health care

Jan. 26, 2018 (ACP) -- The federal government's newly announced stance on allowing work requirements for Medicaid recipients has drawn staunch opposition from the American College of Physicians.

ACP... (read more)

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.
In this issue
» Issues Remain in Wake of Shutdown Drama
» How ACP Advocacy Helped Physicians and Patients in the Past Year
» ACP Speaks Out Against Medicaid Work Requirements

In focus
» ACP Supports Mental Health Services for Veterans
ACP issued a statement in support of the recent executive order signed by President Trump to increase access to and coverage for mental health services for veterans who are transitioning to post-military life. In the statement ACP urged the administration to ensure better integration of behavioral and primary care services in implementing the order.
» Making the Case to Address Clinician Burnout
ACP Practice Advisor recently launched a new module geared to help users with the issue of clinician burnout. The module will help you learn to recognize burnout and how to develop and implement well being initiatives within your practice or program (registration required).

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