Physician Orgs Defend Coverage in Texas v. United States Court Filing

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Amicus Brief from AMA, ACP, AAFP, AAP, AACAP Urges Court to Reject New Effort to Undermine Affordable Care Act

CHICAGO—Siding strongly with patients and their physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical associations today filed an amicus brief in the case of Texas v. United States, a lawsuit that threatens popular key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Additional organizations joining the AMA include the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Download or view the amicus brief.

“The policies being undermined through the plaintiffs’ action have broad, bipartisan and public support, and have improved the lives of patients. An unfavorable decision in this case would create further disruption, generate uncertainty, spark additional premium increases and cause declines in coverage,” said AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. “We urge the court to reject this case because health policy should be developed in Congress and not in the courts.

If the lawsuit were successful, federal policy could roll back to 2009, which would be remarkably disruptive to our nation’s health system and every single American. If the lawsuit is successful, the following provisions of the Affordable Care Act could be null and void:

  • Patients would no longer have protections for pre-existing conditions
  • Children would no longer have coverage under their parents’ health insurance plan until age 26 
  • Insurers would no longer be held to the 85% medical loss ratio, meaning they could generate higher profits at the expense of coverage and payments for services
  • 100 percent coverage for certain preventive services would cease
  • Annual and life-time dollar limits could be reinstated, leading to more bankruptcies due to health care costs

The AMA also released a commentary by AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D to the nation’s physicians which further discusses the potential impact of this lawsuit.

For more than a decade, the AMA has advocated for expanded coverage and key health insurance reforms that help patients. At the time of its passage and ever since, the AMA has acknowledged that the ACA has flaws and policymakers need to fix problems, gaps, and unintended consequences of this law. The AMA’s highest priority is to ensure that the millions of Americans who have gained health care coverage because of the law maintain their coverage, in addition to their patient protections.

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About the AACAP
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a medical membership association established by child and adolescent psychiatrists in 1953.  Now over 9,300 members strong, AACAP is the leading national medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for the estimated 7-15 million American youth under 18 years of age who are affected by emotional, behavioral, developmental and mental disorders. AACAP’s members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders, and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.

About the AAP
Founded in 1930, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the interests of children’s health. Since AAP’s inception, its membership has grown from 60 pediatricians to over 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists. Over the past 80 years, AAP has become a powerful voice for children’s health through education, research, advocacy, and the provision of expert advice.

About the ACP
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 152,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

About the AAFP
The American Academy of Family Physicians (“AAFP”), headquartered in Leawood, Kansas, is the national medical specialty society representing family physicians. Founded in 1947 as a not-for-profit corporation, its 131,400 members are physicians and medical students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Uniformed Services of the United States. The AAFP seeks to improve the health of patients, families, and communities by advocating for the health of the public and serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity.

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