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Doctors and Nurses to Supreme Court: "Don't Take Health Reform Away from Our Patients"


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WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Doctors for America, American Medical Student Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Physicians Alliance, and American Nurses Association jointly filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the constitutionality of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will help ensure health access to tens of millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans.
The current amicus brief filed by these organizations relates to the case currently pending with the Supreme Court on the issue of constitutionality of the “minimum coverage provision” of the ACA: HHS v. Florida (11-398).
The organizations on the brief represent hundreds of thousands of physicians and medical students, and the interests of millions of nurses who care for patients in communities across the country every day.  

Here are statements from several organizations on the brief:

“Physicians see every day how important it is for everyone to be insured so we can provide our patients with the care they need.  The minimum coverage provision of the ACA is essential to ensuring broad-based affordable health coverage for people throughout the country” said Alice Chen, MD, Executive Director of Doctors for America. “Already because of the health reform law, 2.5 million more young Americans have gotten insured.  This is about ensuring that over 30 million people will benefit from expanded coverage and that everyone who is currently covered can keep the new protections that the Affordable Care Act brings to all of us.”

Doctors for America is a national movement of physicians and medical students in all 50 states who are working together to improve the health of the nation and ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high-quality health care.  In 2012, the organization is launching a major initiative of physicians educating people in their communities about the importance of health reform.

"We believe that the Affordable Care Act is the most transformative legislation in our generation to provide the opportunity for quality health to the Hispanic community and all Americans," said Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, President & CEO, NHMA.
 
The National Hispanic Medical Association is a nonprofit representing over 45000 Hispanic physicians in the U.S. The mission of NHMA is to improve the health of Hispanic populations and the underserved.

“The Affordable Care Act is a historic first step toward fixing the broken U.S. health care system that will expand access through Medicaid and make meaningful investments in our health care workforce. Through these specific provisions the ACA will improve the health care system future physicians will soon inherit,” said Danielle Salovich, National President American Medical Student Association.  

AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training.

The full brief is posted on the Doctors for America site.
 

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