WASHINGTON, DC – Today Doctors for America expressed support for the new health reform legislation unveiled today and praised the inclusion of a new provision to improve access to primary care physicians in the Medicaid program - one of the organization’s top priorities. Coupled with technical fixes expected to be accepted by the Senate, the bill represents a positive move toward meaningful improvements for the health care system physicians’ work in everyday.
“Doctors are very pleased to see that this bill continues to improve. In addition to the benefits that we have supported for months, the legislation now includes a provision to improve access to primary care physicians,” said Dr. Mandy Cohen "We encourage Congress to act quickly -- these necessary reforms will help cover millions more Americans, begin to regulate skyrocketing health insurance prices and begin to check costs of caring for patients.”
In 2013 and 2014, the new provision in the bill sets Medicaid payment rates for primary care physicians equal to 100 percent of Medicare payment rates, including payments for office visits and immunizations.
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.