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Letters on Health Care Reform

2021

On July 29, 2021, ACS submitted a response to a request for information (RFI) on parameters for a public health insurance option to the Chairs of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The RFI requested information on how to structure such an insurance offering so that it would "expand quality coverage to more Americans, improve affordability for families, and lower health care costs." The ACS response cautioned against making participation mandatory or tying reimbursement rates to Medicare payment rates, while highlighting opportunities for such an option to benefit from innovative payment models, expand coverage to critical surgical services and potentially address health disparities.

Read the ACS response on a public heath insurance option

2019

On May 6, 2019, ACS leaders wrote to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the Agency’s request for information about ways to facilitate the sale of health insurance across state lines. The College opposes such efforts and expresses strong concerns in its letter that interstate insurance sales could impede meaningful, in-network access to all medically necessary services on a timely and geographically-accessible basis, shift out-of-pocket expenses onto patients, create narrow networks of specialty providers, and unfairly reduce reimbursement rates for physicians.

Read the ACS response on sale of health insurance across state lines

2017

On September 22, 2017, ACS leaders wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as the Senate considers the Graham/Cassidy legislation. The ACS letter expresses significant concerns and informs the Senate leaders that the ACS cannot support the legislation and urges the Senate to amend the legislation.

Read the ACS response on Graham/Cassidy legislation

On July 26, 2017, ACS leaders wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to express deep concerns with provisions in the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) and how they would impact surgical care. Accordingly, the ACS is unable to support the legislation in its current form and we urge the Senate to make significant changes through the amendment process as it is being considered on the Senate floor.

Read the ACS response on H.R. 1628

On June 27, 2017, ACS leaders wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as the Senate considers the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The ACS strongly believes that legislation should not facilitate a reduction in the number of Americans currently insured.

The ACS remains committed to working in a bipartisan manner with Congress and the new administration to improve the current health care system to ensure that all patients have coverage and access to high-quality surgical care.

Read the ACS letter on the Better Care Reconciliation Act

On May 22, 2017, ACS leaders wrote to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch regarding the Senate’s efforts at developing health care reform legislation.

Read the ACS letter on health care reform legislation

On April 28, 2017, ACS leaders wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as Congress continued its consideration of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Read the ACS April 28 letter on the AHCA

On March 14, 2017, ACS leaders wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as Congress considers the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

Read the ACS March 14 letter on the AHCA

On January 17, 2017, ACS leaders wrote to ACS Fellows, Members, and Members of Congress about making health care coverage accessible and more affordable to all Americans, and directed their attention toward the ACS 2017 Health Care Reform General Principles Summary document.

Read the ACS letter on health care coverage