‘We want to make sure we are giving our patients the best possible care’: US healthcare providers to be given the green light
A group of US healthcare industry leaders has signed a letter urging the Trump administration to approve the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
In a letter published by Business Insider on Thursday, the American Hospital Association and American Medical Association called for the expansion to be considered in the coming months as the Trump Administration grapples with how to deal with the fallout from Hurricane Harvey.
“We have been working closely with our partners at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to work on a new program that will be open to eligible patients in the United States,” said AMA President and CEO Michael Cannon.
“We are confident that with this new program, there will be no unintended consequences for the people of Texas and all across America who will benefit from our reforms.”
The American Medical Assn.
and the American Academy of Pediatrics also signed the letter.
“It is important that Medicaid is expanded as soon as possible, but the current plan is not adequate to ensure that eligible Texans will have access to healthcare that meets their needs,” the letter said.
“The current plan leaves too many Texans in the lurch, especially those who need care the most.
The expansion of our program would also ensure that Texans who currently have no access to insurance, or are already underinsured, have the financial resources they need to be able to access care.”
The letter, signed by a dozen medical groups including the American College of Physicians, American Hospital Assn., and the National Medical Association, said they had been working on a plan for the new Medicaid expansion that would ensure that people receiving Medicaid would have access “to quality healthcare services.”
“This is a critical issue for our country and it is our hope that our new bipartisan approach will allow more Americans to get access to quality health care,” the groups said.HHS Secretary Tom Price, a former Republican, has said he wants to expand Medicaid under President Donald Trump’s healthcare reform law.
Trump announced his intent to expand the Medicaid program in his State of the Union address last month.
He has said that his goal is to create “a trillion-dollar economy” by 2020.