May 8, 2017

In This Issue
U.S. House Passes American Health Care Act 217 to 213. Senate Vows to Start from Scratch
AMA Reacts to ACHA House Vote
AAP Reacts to AHCA Vote
Anthem asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Rejection of Proposed Anthem-Cigna Merger
MMA, Lown Institute and Colleagues Present Challenges to Professionalism in a Time of Change, in Portsmouth, June 17
New England AMA Delegation Meets in Providence, R.I.
MIPS Web-interface and CAHPS for MIPS Registration Open Until June 30
Maine DHHS Now Accepting Applcations for Opioid Health Homes
Physician-focused Payment Models Recommended to Secretary Price
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information
Legislative Highlights of the Week
Save the Date! Physicians' Day at the Legislature, May 31st
L.D. 46 Eliminating Physician Exemption from Jury Duty Poses Threat to Physician Practices
Learn How You Can Be Ready for the E-Prescribing Mandate: Free Webinars on May 10, May 24, and June 7
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational Program & Business Meeting - May 12
Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting - May 19-21
How Can I Choose Wisely? A Community Conversation on Healthcare Changes and Rising Costs June 8
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AAP Reacts to AHCA Vote

A Message from AAP President Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213. The AAP opposed the bill and urged the Senate to start over as it considers the measure.

Your advocacy efforts played a pivotal role in blocking previous versions of AHCA and in making this vote a difficult one for the House. It also gave us the momentum we need now to continue the fight.

Even if AHCA in its current form does not become law, it sets a dangerous precedent. The most drastic cuts to Medicaid since its inception are now included in a bill that passed a chamber of Congress, making it easier to include similar proposals in the future. We cannot let that happen.

When so much is at stake, we cannot afford to let up in our advocacy, or to become defeated after a setback. We must continue to speak up for children and tell our legislators what they need to be healthy. We are our patients' voices and they are counting on us to use them.

The House is now going on a one-week recess following today's vote. I encourage you not to relent in your opposition to AHCA. Consider attending a town hall or district event next week. Or reach out via email or phone by going to federaladvocacy.aap.org and clicking on "Oppose the American Health Care Act" in the Advocacy Action Center.

If your representative voted yes on this bill, they should continue to hear from you about why you oppose that decision, and you should urge your senators to oppose the bill in their chamber. If your representative voted no, encourage them to continue pressing for better policies that prioritize children's health and protect Medicaid, and urge your senators to do the same.

Thank you for your continued dedication to this issue. As we've learned, together we can make a difference.


Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP
AAP President

American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 NW Point Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007 - 847-434-4000


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