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AMA Backs Health Reform Bill
Psychiatric News
Volume 44 Number 15 page 4-4

The AMA last month threw its substantial weight behind the most aggressive option for health reform under consideration in Congress. The AMA's unexpected announcement of its support of the America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (HR 3200)—one of three major health reform measures moving through Congress—was based in part on the bill's plan to replace the often-criticized funding formula for physicians under Medicare, a move that the AMA has long advocated.

"This legislation includes a broad range of provisions that are key to effective, comprehensive health system reform," said AMA President J. James Rohack, M.D. "The status quo is unacceptable."

The endorsement came at a critical time for the bill, which was approved by two committees but held up by fiscal conservatives on a third panel in mid-July.

Information on the AMA endorsement is posted at<www.ama-assn.org/go/hr3200>.

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