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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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New bill in Congress to reform Medicare physician payments –>> Join NPA Policy call with bill sponsor Rep. Allyson Schwartz – June 21 at 9pm EST

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM

The NPA is pleased to announce a policy call with Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), focused on reform of Medicare physician payment formulas.  She will discuss her recently introduced bill, the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act (HR 5707). The bill would permanently repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, prevent a 30 percent cut in […]

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A Choice of Two Healthcare Futures: Comparing the Affordable Care Act and the Rep. Paul Ryan Plan

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director June 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

A Choice of Two Healthcare Futures: Comparing the Affordable Care Act and the Rep. Paul Ryan Plan Broadcast live from George Washington University School of Medicine This event took place Wednesday, June 6 Click here to view the archived recording (1-hour) The Affordable Care Act is the signature domestic achievement of President Obama.  The plan […]

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Oppose Statehouse Overreach, Support Women’s Access to Health Services–Take Action

Posted by May 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

With growing concern about unprecedented legislative efforts to dictate medical care from statehouses, most recently with regard to women’s health services, the National Physicians Alliance has adopted the following policy resolution. Women must continue to have appropriate and meaningful access to all legal reproductive health services. This includes access via private insurance (if this is […]

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Block Grants for Medicaid: The Pink Slime of Health Policies

Posted by Mark Ryan, MD May 15, 2012 at 7:00 AM

NPA member Dr. Sanjeev Sriram wrote this blog post, originally posted on his “DR. in D.C.” blog. “When the meatpacking industry sells us pink slime, what really angers American consumers is the feeling of being cheated:  that the corporations’ profit is more important than the quality of their product.  We are left with a feeling […]

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