Congress Approves 2017 Funding for Federal Health Care Programs

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December 16, 2016
Welcome to The ACP Advocate,

Today’s first article lets you know a little bit about what's ahead for health care funding in 2017 with the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act and the continuing resolution that will fund the government through April. The 21st Century Cures Act, increased the pace of drug approvals and also increased funding for medical research. Read the article for our take on the benefits and potential problems in the new law.  

Our second article today updates you on what happened at the recent AMA meeting. I'm happy to report that at the meeting the AMA House of Delegates voted to sign on to the "call to action" to prevent firearms-related violence that ACP and others first published in Annals of Internal Medicine in 2015. It's important for organized medicine to be working together to more effectively work toward solutions for this public health issue. 

The next issue of the ACP Advocate won't be coming to you until Jan. 13, so until then happy holidays and see you in the new year. 

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
» Federal health care programs face mix of stability and uncertainty heading into 2017

New law boosts medical research efforts, but funding for other programs remains in limbo

In the final weeks before the transition to a new presidential administration and Congress, the current Congress and President Obama united to pass and sign into law the 21st Century Cures Act, which quickens... (read more)

» AMA Joins ACP's Effort to Reduce Firearms Violence

Association's Interim Meeting also addresses drug pricing, the future of health care reform and more

The American Medical Association has added its support to the advocacy effort spearheaded by the American College of Physicians to stem the tide of firearms-related violence in the United States.

At... (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
» Federal health care programs face mix of stability and uncertainty heading into 2017
» AMA Joins ACP's Effort to Reduce Firearms Violence

In focus
» The Demise of the Affordable Care Act? Not So Fast
In a new opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP's SVP of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy argues that repealing the ACA will be extremely complicated and potentially disruptive. He says the the demise of the ACA would have direct, real, and personal consequences for many Americans. Read what he has to say about the potential GOP plan to 'repeal, delay, and replace.'
» Leadership Day 2017 Set for May 23 & 24
Leadership Day, ACP's annual two-day advocacy event in Washington, enables members from across the country to bring ACP's issues to U.S. lawmakers. It's a great opportunity for ACP and its members to bring policy priorities to Congress and try to influence the legislative process on behalf of internal medicine.

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