May 29, 2017

In This Issue
American Health Care Act Leaves 23 Million without Coverage including 117,000 in Maine
HHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew Resigns Effective May 26; Deputy Commissioner Ricker Hamilton Named Interim Commissioner
MMA Salutes Physicians of Washington County at May 22 Listening Session
MMA, Lown Institute and Colleagues Present "Challenges to Professionalism in a Time of Change" in Portsmouth, June 17
Physician-focused Payment Models Recommended to Secretary Price
AMA Reaffirms Principles on Health-System Reform Legislation to Senate Leaders
Updates on Opioid Health Homes, Pharmacist-Provider Meetings & Opioid Task Force
Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information
Legislative Highlights of the Week
Physicians' Day at the Legislature, May 31st
Call Your Legislators: L.D. 46 Eliminating Physician Exemption from Jury Duty Poses Threat to Physician Practices
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
Learn How You Can Be Ready for the E-Prescribing Mandate: Free Webinar on June 7
How Can I Choose Wisely? A Community Conversation on Healthcare Changes and Rising Costs June 8
National Medicare Education Program June 28
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AMA Reaffirms Principles on Health-System Reform Legislation to Senate Leaders

On May 15, the AMA sent a letter to the Senate leadership reaffirming the principles that should guide consideration of any changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letter acknowledges that there are problems that need to be fixed. However, the AMA does not support changes to the health care system that would result in affordable health care coverage being beyond the reach of those who are currently covered, that would weaken the health care safety net, or that would compromise the ability of physicians to provide care for their patients.

Specifically, the letter calls for legislative proposals that would maintain key insurance market reforms—such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, guaranteed issue and parental coverage for young adults—as well as strengthen the individual insurance market. It also advocates adequate support for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and other safety-net programs. Further, the AMA calls for reducing regulatory burdens that detract from patient care and increase costs, and for providing greater cost transparency throughout the health care system.

Following House passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Senate Republicans have begun to work on developing alternative proposals that address issues several of their members have raised with the AHCA. It is unclear at this time when a new or revised legislative proposal will be released and considered in the Senate.

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