What will Congress do on health care this fall?

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September 13, 2013
In this issue
» Congressional Bickering Could Affect Outcome of Health Care Issues This Fall

» As Health Reform Rolls Out, Some Provisions Are Delayed, Others Tweaked

» Unraveling the Confusion Over Insurance Rates

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

Labor Day has passed, Congress is back in session and it’s fall in Washington.  You wouldn’t be able to tell that, though, from the hot weather we’ve been having this week.  Our first story for you today is about what we expect might happen in Congress with health care this fall.  While the SGR proposals are still on the table, there are some other very pressing issues that have the potential to shift congressional focus.  Take a look at the article for more details about how we think this might play out.
Second, we have a story for you about the status of some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  As you may have heard, the administration decided to delay a couple of provisions in order to make sure that we’re fully prepared when it comes time to implement them.  Check out the article for more on those and for information about a new ACA resource we’re providing to you (we’ll have a full overview of that in our next issue).
Finally, our third story today is all about the debate over what insurance premiums will look like as the new health care law goes into full effect.  Many people have expressed that they’re concerned that the impact of the law will be to make premium rates rise for most people.  This article speaks with a few economists who make the case that this might not be the case.

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: TheACPAdvocate@acponline.org.

Yours truly,

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

In the news
» Congressional Bickering Could Affect Outcome of Health Care Issues This Fall
  ACP executive expresses guarded optimism about fate of SGR and other key concerns

The U.S. Congress's fall session is going to be a tumultuous time, with health care issues caught between Republicans and Democrats squaring off over the national deficit, said Bob Doherty, senior vice pres... » Click to read the full article

» As Health Reform Rolls Out, Some Provisions Are Delayed, Others Tweaked
  ACP president urges doctors to prepare for barrage of questions from patients

The Obama administration's decision to delay enforcement of the employer mandate by a year will do little to hamper the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, according to leaders of the American College of Ph... » Click to read the full article

» Unraveling the Confusion Over Insurance Rates
  Though premiums may rise for some, costs may go done for others

"Sticker shock" has become the latest buzzword linked to implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

But how many people will find their budgets busted by rising insurance bills? That remains the... » Click to read the full article

In focus
Apply for ACP’s 2014 Washington Internship
Applications are now being accepted for the College’s Health Policy Internship for Resident/Fellow and Medical Student Members. The internship represents an opportunity for one resident/fellow member and one medical student member to develop legislative knowledge and advocacy skills through working directly with the College’s Washington staff. The internship will last for 4 weeks starting on April 28 and ending with ACP’s 2014 Leadership Day. The deadline to apply is Oct. 11.

Help Your Patients Enroll in ACA Marketplaces
A new resource from ACP can help you provide your patients with information about how to enroll in your state’s new health insurance marketplace. Find answers to questions your patients may be asking about enrolling or health care reform in general. Also find state-specific contact information for the marketplace in your area.

Survey on Health Care Reform
ACP is interested in learning about what physicians know about the insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Please take a moment to take this short survey to tell us what you know and what sort of information you’d like to receive on this issue.

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