AMA Advocacy Efforts: Population Concerns and Health Disparities

In addition to the work the AMA is doing on the recovery plan, we also advocate at the federal and state level on key issues in population care and health disparities.

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  • Sent joint letters with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to the White House (PDF) and the Food and Drug Administration (PDF) in support of continued unrestricted access to mifepristone.
  • Released a statement announcing the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health as a flagrant admission of government interference in medicine.
  • In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the AMA supported new HHS privacy guidance that clarifies that physicians are not required to disclose personal medical information to third parties and provides advice to patients about the use of personal cell phones and tablets.
  • AMA President Jack Resneck Jr., MD, testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations as part of its hearing, “Reversing Roe: The Impact of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to Abortion.”
  • Join the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and more than 75 other medical professional societies in expressing united opposition to legislative interference in the relationships between patients, physicians and other health professionals.
  • Welcomes President Biden’s executive order, which promises to explore ways to protect access to reproductive health services.
  • The AMA supports the administration’s guidance on EMTALA, which replaces state abortion bans, and has filed amicus briefs in Texas v. Becerra and United States v. Idaho on the topic.
  • The AMA has filed a number of amicus briefs challenging state abortion bans.
  • Over two-thirds of states have taken steps to expand Medicaid coverage for postpartum women from 60 days to 12 months postpartum.
    • 13 states have implemented postpartum Medicaid expansions.
    • 19 states have authorized or are in the process of expanding coverage for postpartum women.
  • The AMA supported the passage of the “Protecting Mothers Who Served Act of 2021.”
  • The fiscal year 2022 general appropriations package includes nearly $1 billion in maternal health priorities.
  • The AMA has supported numerous pieces of legislation, including:
    • The TRIUMPH for New Moms Act of 2021, which would establish a task force on maternal mental health to identify, assess, and make recommendations to coordinate and improve federal responses to maternal mental illness, and create a national strategic plan to address maternal mental health health disorders.
    • The “MOMMA Act,” which consists of five main components, including providing maternal mortality reporting technical assistance to states; issuing best practices to State Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs); expanding Medicaid and CHIP coverage for postpartum care from 60 days a year; supporting the Alliance for Innovation in Maternity (AIM); and establishing regional centers of excellence.
    • The “Mapping Data to Save Maternal Lives Act,” which would instruct the Federal Communications Commission to consult with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine ways to incorporate data on health outcomes of the mother for at least one year after birth in broadband health mapping tools in an effort to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in the US
  • Issued an opinion opposing the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org case and filed an amicus brief (PDF) with more than two dozen leading medical organizations.
  • Developed a model state bill to protect pregnant, parenting, and postpartum individuals and families with substance use disorder from receiving evidence-based treatment without facing criminal action.
  • Successfully urged the administration to fix the “family problem” and provide affordable health coverage.
  • Working with health care stakeholder groups, urged the administration to maintain the public health emergency that expands coverage of care and expands key regulatory flexibilities until there is a sustained period of greater stability.
  • Successfully lobbied for stricter network adequacy rules for qualified health plans and Medicare Advantage plans.
  • Push (PDF) to permanently expand tax credits for health insurance premiums, ensuring that millions of low- and middle-income families continue to have access to affordable coverage in 2023 and beyond.
  • Released in 2022 and beyond: The AMA’s Plan to Cover the Uninsured (PDF), which includes specific policy proposals targeting not only the populations that remain uninsured, but also steps that can be taken to improve premium affordability and cost sharing.
  • The AMA is currently advocating for a wide range of immigration and border security policy changes, including those that would ease visa restrictions for foreign-born physicians who want to train or practice in the US
  • Submitted statement of the record (PDF) to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Nationality on the issue of physician immigration and workforce shortages.
  • The CDC has announced the complete end to Title 42, which allows the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deport migrants at the border based on their country of origin, route of travel or likelihood of coming into contact with a contagious disease such as COVID-19.
  • Recommends to various stakeholders that more needs to be done to address why care experiences and clinical outcomes vary by race/ethnicity and to encourage additional efforts to improve outcomes and satisfaction for historically minority patients seen by physicians who disagreed with race.

Learn more about the issues in our efforts covered in the AMA’s Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians, Public Health and Pandemic Response, and Removing Barriers to Care.

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