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Washington, D.C. — Our organizations, which represent more than 560,000 physicians and medical students nationwide, are alarmed by the President’s decision to abruptly take away financial support that aids low-income families in purchasing health care coverage. The decision to discontinue cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments stands to hurt the most vulnerable individuals and families, raising cost for them and the federal government.

This decision is not consistent with the Administration’s pledge to provide individuals and families with more options to secure affordable health care coverage. Elimination of CSR payments makes that goal harder, if not impossible, to achieve.

Our organizations call on the United State Senate and House of Representatives to take immediate action to restore these payments. A...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 13, 2017

Our organizations, which represent more than 560,000 physicians and medical students nationwide, look forward to further analyzing the Executive Order issued today by President Donald J. Trump. It is important that policies proposed be thoroughly evaluated to determine their impact on individuals and our health care system more broadly. We look forward to submitting more formal comments through the rulemaking process as the Administration seeks to establish the regulatory framework to implement the goals of today’s Executive Order. However, our initial review raises serious concerns about its impact on our patients.

Our organizations share the President’s goal of increasing access to affordable health care coverage for more Americans and offering greater choice through a more competitive insurance marketplace so long as coverage...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 12, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today released the following statement regarding The Goldwater Rule:

“In the past year and a half, there have been numerous news articles and commentaries on The Goldwater Rule. The Goldwater Rule is an ethics principle that guides our physician members not to provide professional opinions in the media about the mental health of someone they have not personally examined and without patient consent or other legal authority. A personal examination includes ruling out physical causes of or other reasons for a behavior. Nothing about the Goldwater Rule discourages psychiatrists from providing education to the public about mental illnesses; in fact, APA encourages psychiatrists to educate the public about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of mental illnesses...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 6, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — American Psychiatric Association CEO and Medical Director Saul M. Levin, M.D., M.P.A., was admitted today as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. During the admission ceremony, Levin and other new Fellows were introduced to the President and Fellows of the Royal College, subscribed to the Promissory Obligation and signed the Fellows’ Roll. Fellows are nominated by the membership of the College and are honored for their professional achievement.

“It is an honor and a privilege to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,” Levin said. “As one of the preeminent medical societies in the world, I look forward to working with other members and Fellows of the College to advance collaborative care, mental health care and training in psychiatry both in the United...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 29, 2017

Washington, DC — Representing more than a half-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:

We are relieved that this bill, which would have done so much harm to so many will not be voted on this week because the U.S. Senate failed to gain a majority in favor. The policies put forward in the Graham-Cassidy bill would have dramatically increased the number of uninsured in...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Sep 27, 2017

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