This morning, the American Medical Association (AMA) sent the attached letter to the Senate leadership reaffirming its principles and objectives for health system reform. In particular, the AMA noted that any proposals to replace portions of current law should not cause individuals to lose access to affordable, high-quality insurance coverage, and that key market reforms such as coverage for pre-existing conditions must be maintained. The importance of maintaining a strong safety and flexible safety for those covered by Medicaid was also stressed.
Senators have been meeting to discuss potential revisions to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), and Majority Leader McConnell continues to signal his desire to bring legislation to the floor soon. However, the Congressional Budget Office is not expected to release its official score of the impact the AHCA will have on federal spending or on health insurance coverage until the week of May 22.
Click on the link below to read the full letter dated May 15, 2017 from the AMA to the U.S. Senate regarding the enactment of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).