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A Great Day for Women’s Health

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD August 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), starting on August 1st women will have increased access to important and meaningful preventive care services without needing to pay a co-pay. Included in these services: an annual well woman visit, birth control, including oral contraception and IUDs, HIV screening and counseling, sexually transmitted infection […]

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Protect patient-centered, evidence-based research

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD July 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Last week, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee introduced a bill (pdf) that directly targets efforts at making the United States’ healthcare system patient-centered and evidence-based.  The bill’s targets: The bill would terminate all funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  AHRQ is funded by the government in order to carry out […]

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Governor, Will You Stand in the Clinic Door?

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

This post was written by Sanjeev K. Sriram, MD, MPH, NPA member and Washington DC area pediatrician, it was originally published on his blog DR .in D.C. on July 10, 2012.  Follow him on twitter at @DrSriram “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” George Wallace said this now infamous line on January 14, 1963 to […]

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The healthcare aftermath of June 28, 2012: What we protected, what is missing, and what we still need to do

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD July 3, 2012 at 8:00 AM

A modified version of this post was first published on the OccupyHealthcare blog, June 29 2012 ——————– On June 28, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). After nearly 2 1/2 years of partisan misinformation, the Court has established the law’s legitimacy. This is an enormous step […]

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Understanding the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 2, 2012 at 10:38 AM

This excerpt is from an article written by Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH, NPA President-Elect, it was originally published in Doctors Notes.  Dr. Bettigole is a family physician and the Chief Medical Officer of Complete Care Health Network, a group of community health centers serving southern New Jersey. This morning’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable […]

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Dear Ms. Patient, Great Things are Happening

Posted by June 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

This excerpt is from an article written by Ricky Choi, MD, San Francisco area pediatrician and NPA Board Member.  It was originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle blog , on June 29, 2012. Dear Ms. Patient, I hope this letter finds you well. Let me begin by saying that it is such a privilege […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law: Physicians’ Group Praises Ruling

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM

*PRESS RELEASE* Click here for pdf Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law: Physicians’ Group Praises Ruling (Washington, D.C.) – Today the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The National Physicians Alliance (NPA) praised the ruling, citing the benefits of the health care law for America’s families: NPA […]

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How Hospitals Can Help Get Out The Vote

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 27, 2012 at 3:36 PM

This excerpt is from an article written by Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH and NPA Board Member. It was originally published in the Health Affairs Blog on June 27, 2012. As I write this, the Supreme Court has yet to reveal its decision about the Affordable Care Act. Regardless of what they decide, we can be […]

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ACA triggers insurer reforms…but the law is still necessary.

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD June 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Yesterday, three major insurers announced that they would keep in place major insurance reforms introduced in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), regardless of how the Supreme Court decides regarding the law’s constitutionality. UnitedHealth, Aetna, and Humana all announced that they would continue allowing children under age 26 to remain on parents’ health […]

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My Visit to the White House

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

This excerpt is from an article written by Ricky Choi, MD, San Francisco area pediatrician and NPA Board Member.  It was originally published in the Huff Post San Franciso, on June 8, 2012. Earlier this week I was honored to attend a discussion at the White House, convened by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen […]

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