Marching to Capitol Hill in support of patients, health reform tomorrow
WASHINGTON, DC— Today the members of Doctors for America praised the landmark vote by the House of Representatives passing health care reform that will improve access to affordable care for millions of patients across the country. The grassroots group of physicians mobilized intensely during the final push for reform and will march in Washington to Capitol Hill on Monday to praise this milestone.
“While no bill is perfect, I am hopeful today for the future of medicine because of the many ways this bill will improve health care in America. Physicians should be proud their activism made a mark on what will now become law,” said Dr. Mandy Krauthamer Cohen, Executive Director of Doctors for America.
Expansion of insurance coverage to millions of Americans and improved access to primary care in the Medicaid program were two key elements of reform advocated for by Doctors for America. Additionally, provisions that expand coordination of care and strengthen the physician work force are all reasons that Doctors for America and many health providers groups stand behind this legislation.
“We are particularly pleased that so many patient protections go into effect immediately – including closing the Medicare part D drug program’s donut hole, eliminating the many excuses health insurance companies use to deny care and increased funding for Community Health Centers and more doctors to care for those who need it most,” Dr. Cohen added.
Doctors for America is a grassroots group of over 16,000 physicians with a presence in all fifty states committed to passing meaningful health reform legislation. The group works to convey the ideas and experiences of physicians in order to achieve reform that provides high quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.
Among the groups who will march with Doctors for America on Monday are:
The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, American Medical Student Association, American Medical Women's Association, American Muslim Health Professionals, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare, Doctors Council SEIU, Doctors for America, , Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America, HIV Medicine Association, National Medical Association, National Physicians Alliance, National Physicians Alliance – New York, National Doctors Alliance/SEIU Healthcare, Nurse Alliance/SEIU Healthcare, Student National Medical Association, United Nurses of America-AFSCME.