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This letter was sent to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan; U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.
CHICAGO- March 13, 2018- We, the undersigned organizations representing over 560,000 frontline physicians dedicated to the health and well-being of American families in all 50 states, stand together in opposition to any effort to condition payment for health care services on factors other than medical and legal qualifications and standards. Congress should not deny federal funds, including reimbursement for covered services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries, to providers, programs, and health care facilities in cases where a provider is qualified to perform those services.
Attempts, legislative or otherwise, to deny or restrict coverage of care provided by qualified and approved providers jeopardize access to primary and preventive care for millions of Americans who rely on our nation’s already stretched health care safety net. Coverage decisions should be based solely on medical evidence, best practices, and qualifications.
We urge you to prevent politics from interfering in the patient-physician relationship, reject efforts to restrict access to essential primary and preventive health care in the FY 2018 omnibus, and instead work with us to improve our health care system for all Americans.
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Physicians
American Osteopathic Association
American Psychiatric Association