Doctor and patient organizations have some thoughts on what they’d like to see out of healthcare reform currently being drafted by a group of Senators.
Now, lawmakers in the Senate are working to draft their own bill. Little is known about what will be included with it, and doctors and patients organizations haven’t had as much of a chance to share their thoughts on the legislation as they did under the ACA.
The Senate bill is set to be released on Thursday. Here’s what doctors and patient groups would like to see in it.
American Academy of Pediatrics — “Any new health care policies must increase the number of children with access to comprehensive and affordable health insurance.”
The organization, which represents 66,000 pediatricians, has been against the AHCA since March.
Simply, the AAP would like to see healthcare reform that covers more children.
“Any new health care policies must increase the number of children with access to comprehensive and affordable health insurance,” the AAP wrote in a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch.
That means increasing coverage to parents, specifically through the expansion of Medicaid that was part of the ACA.
The AAP along with other groups also created a checklist of what healthcare reform has to cover to satisfy them.
— Amer Acad Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) June 12, 2017
American Lung Association and a coalition of patient groups – Healthcare reform should provide adequate coverage.
Back in March, the American Lung Association and other patient groups laid out three main principles for what they’d like to see come out of healthcare reform: affordability, accessibility, and adequacy. While the first two terms are pretty straightforward, the “adequacy” component refers to making sure that basic healthcare needs are covered, such as patient visits, hospitalizations, and prescriptions.
The coalition of other patient groups that includes: the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March of Dimes, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, the National MS Society, and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.
That’s been hard to communicate since the groups haven’t had a chance to voice their opinions to the lawmakers.
“You’re never going to get everything right,” Erika Sward, the assistant vice president of national advocacy at the ALA told Business Insider. But when you completely exclude patient organizations from the conversations, “you’re more likely to get it wrong,” she said.
American College of Physicians — “Expand access and coverage.”
In a 16-page document, the ACP outlined what they’d like to see out of healthcare reform. Here’s the short version:
Expand access and coverage Bring greater value for the dollars spent Reduce the crushing administrative burden on physicians and patients Leverage technology to improve patient care Support a well-trained physician workforce Reduce barriers to care for patients with chronic diseases Support scientific research and policies to improve public health
American Medical Association — “We recognize that the current law can be improved and that there are problems that need to be fixed.”
While turning its attention to the Senate, the AMA argued that making big changes to the ACA could mean millions of Americans lose coverage. Ideally, the organization would want healthcare reform that keeps that coverage for both people who benefitted from the ACA and through the Medicaid expansion.
“We recognize that the current law can be improved and that there are problems that need to be fixed. However, we do not support changes to the health care system that would result in 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 our patients,” the AMA wrote in May.
American Hospital Association — “Find ways to maintain coverage for as many Americans as possible by rejecting the AHCA.”
The organization, which represents thousands of hospitals and health systems, said it couldn’t support the AHCA.
What the AHA would like to see is reform that leaves the Medicaid expansion program untampered with.
“We therefore ask that the Senate protect our patients, and find ways to maintain coverage for as many Americans as possible by rejecting the AHCA, including its elimination of Medicaid expansion, untenable cuts to the Medicaid program, dilution of consumer protections, and inadequate tax credits for individuals purchasing coverage on the exchanges,” AHA President Richard Pollack said in a letter to senators.