Skip to Content


Filter by:



Second Opinion

Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Executive Vice President Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

Washington Highlights

AAMC President Sends Letter to Leaders about ACA Repeal and Replace Efforts

December 16, 2016—AAMC President and CEO Darrel G. Kirch, MD, Dec. 9 sent letters to President-elect Trump and Congressional leaders urging them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without simultaneously enacting legislation that maintains current coverage levels.

In an accompanying press statement, Dr. Kirch urged, “Repealing the ACA without a replacement, even if the implementation of such a repeal were delayed, would be very disruptive. For example, recently insured patients with complex conditions require stability and continuity in their care. If the exchange marketplace is disrupted, their inability to afford other coverage could cause them to forego or delay necessary medical care. In addition, delayed alternative coverage and stability could harm teaching hospitals’ ability to provide complex, coordinated care to the nation’s most vulnerable patients.”

The letters suggest an approach that includes the following elements:

  • Commit to comprehensive reform that guarantees similar or better coverage for those who lose it;

  • Protect states, taxpayers, and Medicaid beneficiaries by not repealing the Medicaid expansion, which would leave states with fewer resources and threaten not only patients but also the safety net providers who care for them; and

  • Work with health care stakeholders to help develop any reform package to set the tone for collaborative policymaking discussions, and quell the uncertainty currently roiling the health care industry.

Dr. Kirch additionally affirmed the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals’ commitment to improving the nation’s health care and leading the transformation of health care delivery through innovations in medical education, patient care, and research,” adding that the “AAMC looks forward to working with Congress and the incoming administration to ensure that high-quality, high-value, patient-centered care remains available to all.”

Contact:

Len Marquez
Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-862-6281
Email: lmarquez@aamc.org

.

envelope on a green background

Subscribe to Washington Highlights

RSS icon

Subscribe to RSS

Washington Highlights, a weekly electronic newsletter, features brief updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting medical schools and teaching hospitals.



For More Information

Jason Kleinman
Sr. Program & Policy Specialist, Govt Relations
Telephone: 202-903-0806
Email: jkleinman@aamc.org

Courtney Summers
Senior Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-862-6042
Email: csummers@aamc.org