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Washington, DC – Representing more than half a million of America's frontline physicians and medical students, leaders from six major medical organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association, issued the following joint statement about the revised version of the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

The revised version of the Graham-Cassidy bill stands to do even more harm to the American people than the already harmful version the Senate was considering last week. The revised bill allows states to opt-out completely of ensuring essential benefits. States can again allow...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 25, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today voiced its strong support for Congressional reauthorization of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP funding is set to expire on Sept. 30 and Congress must act now to ensure funding and protect children’s health coverage and access to needed health and mental health services.

“We strongly urge Congress to support continued and expanded access to quality evidence-based mental health care services for low-income children and youth by extending the CHIP program with a five-year reauthorization,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “An estimated 50 percent of mental illness cases start by age 14, and early access to mental health services and treatment can make a difference for a lifetime.”

CHIP provides health...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 20, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today voiced its strong opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate.

“This legislation, the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, will lead to millions of Americans losing their health care coverage,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “We are particularly concerned that this bill would make drastic cuts to the Medicaid program and rollback expansion, which has allowed 1.3 million Americans with serious mental illness and 2.8 million Americans with substance use disorders to gain coverage for the first time. This bill harms our most vulnerable patients.

"The APA is ready to work with members of both parties to craft a bipartisan solution that stabilizes the health insurance market...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 19, 2017


Groups Say Congress Should Establish a Public Option as Part of the Solution

Washington — Patients need to have access to a wide variety of affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage options, said a coalition of major physician groups today in testimony submitted to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The groups, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association, represent more than 560,000 physicians who care for patients in...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 14, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) extends its sympathy to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which is causing extensive flooding in metro Houston and is soon to make its way through Louisiana.

“We offer our sympathy to the people affected by Hurricane Harvey and, in some cases, those experiencing painful memories of previous hurricanes,” said APA President Anita Everett, M.D. “We don’t know the full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey since it is still active. We do know the recovery process will be a long one, and we must be mindful that people who have been affected either directly or indirectly by this disaster may experience a number of reactions in the aftermath, including fear, anxiety and sadness. We implore anyone experiencing prolonged mental health symptoms to seek...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 29, 2017

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