ACP's Advocacy on Medicaid Waiver, Short-term Insurance Plans and Firearms Violence

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March 09, 2018

Welcome to The ACP Advocate,

In our first article today we bring you more information about advocacy that ACP is doing at the state level on recent waiver applications for Medicaid programs. As states submit proposals for waivers, especially those that would introduce work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, ACP has been weighing in on those plans. Take a look at the article for more about what ACP is doing to provide feedback to state Medicaid agencies.

In our second article we look at the newly announced changes to regulations for short-term insurance plans.  The Trump administration is proposing allowing consumers to purchase temporary, bare-bones insurance plans for up to a year, instead of the currently allowed three months. In the article we explain more about why ACP has concerns over the proposal.

Lastly, we update you on ACP's advocacy efforts to combat firearms violence.  In the wake of the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida ACP has reiterated our call to Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce the threat or injury or death from firearms.

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
» Letters Flow in ACP's Effort to Prevent Medicaid Work Requirements

Work rules could limit patients' access to needed care and also increase paperwork burden for physicians, ACP maintains

March 9, 2018 (ACP) -- The American College of Physicians' letter-writing campaign is in full force to prevent states from establishing work requirements in order to be eligible for Medicaid.

Th... (read more)

» ACP Opposes Expansion of Short-Term Insurance Plans

'Skimpy' plans pose risks to patients, College representatives say

March 9, 2018 (ACP) -- The Trump administration has announced plans to expand the use of short-term insurance plans, a prospect that the American College of Physicians believes could disrupt the insurance m... (read more)

» ACP Urges Members to Help Fight an 'Epidemic of Gun Violence'

From patient conversations to legislative advocacy, physicians can play crucial role in addressing public health issue

March 9, 2018 (ACP) -- In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, the American College of Physicians has reaffirmed its stance on guns: Firearm violence in the United States is a public heal... (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
In this issue
» Letters Flow in ACP's Effort to Prevent Medicaid Work Requirements
» ACP Opposes Expansion of Short-Term Insurance Plans
» ACP Urges Members to Help Fight an 'Epidemic of Gun Violence'

In focus
» ACP Offers Recommendations for CMS' Patients Over Paperwork Initiative
In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, ACP provided a series of suggestions for tangible next steps to guide the agency’s new “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative. The initiative aims to reduce administrative burdens on physicians, similar to ACP’s own Patients Before Paperwork initiative.
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