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AAFP Statement: Congressional Failure to Avert 21 Percent Medicare Cut Puts Elderly, ...

Feb 26, 2010 - The American Academy of Family Physicians is deeply angered at congressional failure to avert the mandated 21.2 percent Medicare physician pay cut. This inaction - in the face of virtually universal calls by the medical community and advocates for Medicare beneficiaries - has put ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/medicare-cuts.html

AAFP Statement: Congressional Inaction Temporarily Reduces Medicare Compensation to ...

Jun 18, 2010 - The American Academy of Family Physicians is outraged that Congress failed to pass legislation before the devastating 21 percent reduction in Medicare payment went into effect. By its inaction, Congress has deserted America’s elderly and disabled patients as well as our military service...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/congressional-inaction.html

AAFP Statement: Debt Ceiling Proposal Contains Pitfalls to Patients’ Access to Care

Aug 1, 2011 - The debt ceiling/deficit reduction plan being considered by Congress offers a potentially false promise to patients. It guarantees benefits but, by ignoring Medicare physician payment issues, it potentially denies the actual medical care those benefits cover. The legislation calls for ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/debt-ceiling-proposal.html

AAFP Statement: Don’t Eliminate Programs for Short-Term Gain at the Expense of ...

Dec 20, 2012 - Later today, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider legislation aimed at reducing the deficit through reductions in spending on federal programs. We applaud efforts to focus on reducing the nation’s economic challenges but have serious concerns about several of the proposals ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/health-cost-savings.html

AAFP Statement: Donald Berwick Brings Expertise in Best Medical Practices to ...

Jul 7, 2010 - The American Academy of Family Physicians welcomes the appointment of Donald Berwick, MD, as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/cms-administrator.html

AAFP Statement: Economic Stimulus Package Promises Important Progress in Strengthening ...

Jan 16, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the economic stimulus package released today by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. Family physicians and the AAFP look forward to learning the details of these proposals and in working with Congress - particularly the Ways and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/economic-stimulus-package-statement.html

AAFP Statement: Evidence-based Medical Care Is Critical for Rape Victims

Aug 23, 2012 - Recent remarks by a Member of Congress diminish the tremendous physical and social impacts of these vicious crimes and distract from the importance of victims receiving appropriate medical care. It is estimated that more than 300,000 women are raped each year and the Centers for Disease...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/medical-care-rape-victims.html

AAFP Statement: Extension of Medicare Payment Prevents Crisis but Fails to Solve the ...

Feb 17, 2012 - Congress has missed an important opportunity to permanently solve the Medicare physician payment crisis, ensure health security for elderly and disabled Americans, and enable physicians to develop the long-term plans needed to redesign their practices into patient-centered medical ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/medicare-payment-extension.html

AAFP Statement: Failure of ‘Doc Fix’ Endangers Elderly Americans’ Access to Health Care

May 28, 2010 - Family physicians are outraged that Congress has jeopardized the health care security of millions of elderly and disabled Americans who depend on Medicare and TRICARE. By failing to pass HR 4213 by June 1, Congress has once again allowed a devastating 21 percent cut go into effect for ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/congressional-indecision.html

AAFP Statement: Failure to Bring Medicare Bill to Senate Floor is a ‘Serious Blow’

Jun 12, 2008 - The American Academy of Family Physicians is deeply disappointed that the Senate has failed to take up debate on the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (S. 3101.). This procedural breakdown is a serious blow to the efforts on the part of the physician community...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/kits/medicareimprovementsforpatientsandprovidersactof2008.html

AAFP Statement: Family Medicine Applauds Senate on Stimulus

Feb 10, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the Senate for passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (HR 1), and looks to a swift resolution of differences between the House and Senate versions of this important legislation.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/family-medicine-applauds-senate-on-stimulus.html

AAFP Statement: Family Medicine Appreciates Efforts to Forestall Medicare Payment Cuts

May 20, 2010 - On June 1, family physicians and all physicians who provide health care services to Medicare beneficiaries, face once again an unsustainable reduction of more than 20 percent in their payments, unless Congress acts. While we all agree that Congress should permanently address the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/medicarepaymentcuts-sgr.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians ‘Extremely Disappointed’ With Failure of S. 1776

Oct 22, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians and its more than 94,600 members are extremely disappointed that the Medicare Physician Fairness Act of 2009 (S. 1776) failed to garner the 60 votes required to send this legislation to a full U.S. Senate vote. We applaud the efforts of Sen. ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/failure-of-s-1776.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Agree With President That "Now is the Time to Deliver...

Sep 10, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians commends President Barack Obama for urging action this year on health system reform. As frontline physicians who have seen the impact of our current broken system on our patients, we agree that the time for reform is now.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/obama-deliverhealthcarereform.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Applaud Brailer for Work to Establish Connected ...

Apr 24, 2005 - The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) applauds David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., for all the outstanding work he has done in his role as the national health information technology coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/previous/brailer-applaud-4-16-06.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Applaud Confirmation of Regina Benjamin as U.S. ...

Nov 2, 2009 - Family physicians applaud the Senate’s confirmation of Regina Benjamin, MD., as U.S. surgeon general. All Americans will benefit from Dr. Benjamin’s medical expertise, clinical experience and advocacy for all patients. She is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to health ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/regina-benjamin-confirmation.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Applaud HRSA Appointment

Feb 24, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians and our 94,600 members congratulate President Barack Obama on his appointment of Mary Wakefield, PhD, as administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/hrsaappointment-wakefield.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Applaud Medicare Fee Schedule’s Investment in Primary...

Nov 3, 2010 - The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds provisions of the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that invest in the primary care infrastructure, increase patients’ access to preventive care, and move our nation toward a high quality health care system. The fee schedule launches...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/medicare-fee-schedule.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Applaud Nomination

Jul 13, 2009 - Family physicians across the nation applaud President Barack Obama’s nomination of Regina Benjamin, MD, to be U.S. surgeon general.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/reginabenjamin-surgeongeneral.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Applaud PhRMA Agreement to Lower Prescription Costs ...

Jun 23, 2009 - Nearly 45 years ago, the U.S. government recognized that our elderly - often the most vulnerable among us - could not get the health care they needed. Congress responded with the passage of legislation that created Medicare.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/medicarepartd-phrmaagreement.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Applaud U.S. House for Passage of Economic Recovery ...

Jan 29, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians commends the U.S. House of Representatives’ for passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, (H.R. 1), which helps preserve American’s access to health care during current economic stress and establishes a foundation on which to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/economicr-recovery-legislation.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Call on Senate to Confirm Regina Benjamin, MD, as ...

Oct 7, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians calls on the Senate to quickly confirm the appointment of Regina Benjamin, MD, as U.S. Surgeon General. As a family physician who has brought her medical expertise to providing high quality health care, educating patients about health lifestyles...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/confirm-regina-benjamin.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Commend Congress for Overriding Veto of HR 6331

Jul 16, 2008 - Family physicians across the nation commend the U.S. House and Senate for overriding President Bush’s veto of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (HR 6331).

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/kits/medicare-payment-cuts-veto.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Commend House for Passage of Affordable Health Care ...

Nov 8, 2009 - The House passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) is an important step toward needed change in the health care system.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/hr-3962.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Commend President Obama for Focus on Health Care Reform

Feb 25, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds President Barack Obama’s message to Congress and its focus on health system reform as a key element in the nation’s economic recovery.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/healthcarereform-obama-presidentobama.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Congratulate President Obama

Jan 20, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians congratulates President Barack Obama on his historic inauguration and applauds his commitment to resolving the challenges that face Americans as they seek affordable, high-quality health care.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/family-physicians-congratulate-president-obama.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Hail Enactment of Economic Stimulus Package

Feb 17, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians and its 94,600 members congratulate Congress and President Barack Obama for including provisions that will improve the quality and efficiency of health care for all Americans in the now-enacted American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/family-physicians-hail-enactment-of-economic-stimulus-package.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Laud President’s Call for Action on Health System Reform

Jul 23, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians agrees with President Barack Obama that the American people cannot wait for health care reform. Family physicians see first hand the fallout from our broken system, as more patients are priced out of health care coverage or lose health insurance...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/obama-call-for-action.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Respond to President's Health Care Agenda

Feb 4, 2005 - We were pleased to hear President Bush highlight medical liability as part of his comprehensive health care agenda. This is one of the most important issues that needs to be addressed in order to improve health care and reform the United States tort system so that it works fairly and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/previous/pres-hc-agenda-2-4-05.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Urge Congressional Conferees to Move Quickly on FY ...

Apr 3, 2009 - The American Academy of Family Physicians commends both the U.S. House and Senate for moving quickly to approve the Fiscal Year 2010 budget proposals within their respective chambers.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/federal-budget.html

AAFP Statement: Family Physicians: Liability Reform Now!

Feb 1, 2006 - Medical liability reform is a top priority of the AAFP, whose members include family physicians in small and large practices and in rural and urban areas. It is imperative that the President fulfills his promise for tort reform and that Senator Frist fulfills his to bring the issue to a...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/previous/liability-reform-2-1-06.html

AAFP Statement: Federal Budget Investments in Rural Care, Primary Care Physician ...

Feb 3, 2010 - The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased that the fiscal year 2011 federal budget invests in programs that promise to give Americans a high quality, efficient and accessible health care system based on a strong foundation of primary care. Such investment in primary care ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/federalbudget-workforce.html

AAFP Statement: Federal Budget Proposes Path to Sustainable, Effective Health Care Reform

Feb 27, 2009 - President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2010 budget summary outlines a plan that promises to put America's health care system onto a track of sustainable, equitable, affordable and high quality health care for all Americans. The American Academy of Family Physicians supports the goals for ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/federal-budget-proposes-path-to-sustainable-effective-health-care-reform.html

AAFP Statement: Fee Schedule Rectifies Payment Disparities

Nov 5, 2009 - Publication of the final 2010 Medicare physician fee schedule and regulations demonstrates the continued recognition that a high quality, efficient health care system must rest on a foundation of primary medical care. The 2010 fee schedule provides important payment changes through ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/premanent-fix-sgr.html

AAFP Statement: Government Shutdown Halts Vital Health Services, Endangers Elderly and ...

Oct 1, 2013 - Dr. Reid Blackwelder comments on the government shutdown and its impact on health services. At a time when the nation’s health care system is undergoing dramatic change, the American Academy of Family Physicians is dismayed that Congress has shut down the federal government over ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/government-shutdown-statement.html

AAFP Statement: Health Care Must Remain a Top Priority for Presidential Candidates

Oct 3, 2012 - The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased that both presidential candidates point to health care as a major issue for the American people. Tonight’s debate focused attention on a health care system that - without reform - continues to be bogged down in fragmented, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/statement-2012-presidential-debate.html

AAFP Statement: Health Care Remains Post-Election Priority

Nov 7, 2012 - The American Academy of Family Physicians looks forward to working with President Barack Obama and the new Congress to ensure that everyone in this country can get the right health care at the right time from the right professional.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2012/obama-health-care.html

AAFP Statement: HHS Guidance Ensures All Children Have Access to Needed Health Services

Oct 14, 2010 - Children and their parents should benefit greatly from actions mentioned in this week’s letter from Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners on providing health care coverage to all children.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/hhs-guide-child-coverage.html

AAFP Statement: Implementation of Healthcare Reform Continues After Virginia Court ...

Dec 16, 2010 - U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson’s Dec. 13 ruling on the individual mandate to buy health insurance has been issued, but progress implementing reform has not been halted. There have now been three court rulings on the individual mandate. Two have upheld the healthcare reform law and one...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/court-decision-individual-mandate.html

AAFP Statement: Improved, Comprehensive Care Took Step Forward with Announcement of ...

Nov 17, 2010 - Today’s formal launch of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation paves the way for new models of delivering and paying for health care that will have goals of improving quality and safety of care and lowering costs. It was apparent today the Innovation Center is committed to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/cmmi.html

AAFP Statement: Insurance Coverage Requirement Is Foundation of Improving Access, ...

Jul 15, 2013 - LEAWOOD, Kan. - The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that individuals have health insurance - either through their employer, a federal or state health care program, or as an individual purchaser - is the foundation of improving access to care and vital to ensuring everyone has health ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/release-statement1.html

AAFP Statement: Justice Served in Tiller Case

Feb 8, 2010 - Tiller-Roeder statement

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/tiller-roeder.html

AAFP Statement: Marilyn Tavenner Brings Needed Expertise, Leadership to CMS

May 20, 2013 - LEAWOOD, Kan. - Description of release/statement in one or two sentences

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/tavenner-CMS.html

AAFP Statement: Medical Education, US Health Care System Need to Rebalance America’s ...

Feb 18, 2009 - America is reinvesting in medical education. We are building nine new medical schools and expanding the class size in all but 18 of 126 existing schools. Since 2000, we have seen the completion of nine osteopathic schools. Such an unprecedented expansion offers an opportunity to ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/need-to-rebalance-americas-physician-workforce.html

AAFP Statement: Medicare Legislation Helps Avert Potentially Devastating Pay Cut

Jun 13, 2008 - The American Academy of Family Physicians appreciates efforts by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to avert the 10.6 percent reduction in Medicare payment to physicians, which is scheduled to go into effect on July 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/kits/medicare-grassley.html

AAFP Statement: Medicare Physician Fairness Act Promises Dependable Access to High ...

Oct 20, 2009 - Medicare Physician Fairness Act of 2009 (S. 1776).

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2009/medicare-physician-fairness-act.html

AAFP Statement: Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2011 Creates Stability for...

Nov 16, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians greatly appreciates the leadership of Rep. Allyson Schwartz in finding a way to address the unsustainable and inequitable formula that determines how physicians are paid by Medicare. The AAFP congratulates Rep. Schwartz for her legislative ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/schwartz-bill.html

AAFP Statement: Medicare Physician Payment Reform Proposal Holds Promise

Dec 11, 2013 - The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased that the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee have released a discussion draft of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Improvement Act. This bicameral, bipartisan proposal represents important ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2013/sgr-repeal.html

AAFP Statement: MedPAC Interim Recommendations Acknowledge the Need for Improved ...

Sep 21, 2011 - The American Academy of Family Physicians applauds the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission for acknowledging in its draft recommendations on repealing the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula that primary care is the foundation for a high-functioning health system that ensures ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/medpac-interimrecommendations-for-improved-primarycare-payment.html

AAFP Statement: New Warning Labels Help Show the Real Dangers of Smoking

Jun 21, 2011 - The AAFP commends the Food and Drug Administration in developing strong new graphic warnings for cigarette packaging and advertisements that more fully depict the negative health consequences of smoking. These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years ...

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https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2011/fda-tobacco-warning-labels.html

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