APA Response to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions’ Draft Health Care Reform Legislation
On June 12, 2009, APA’s Public Interest and Education Government Relations Offices sent a letter to Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) in response to draft Health Care Reform legislation, the Affordable Health Choices Act. APA applauded Senator Kennedy’s leadership, the bill’s aims, and provisions of the legislation that address many important and needed reforms, including efforts to:
End the practice of denying health coverage, due to pre-existing medical conditions and disabilities;
Promote improved nutrition and physical activity;
Expand the School-Based Health Clinic infrastructure;
Create standards for accessible medical diagnostic equipment;
Promote integrated care;
Protect vulnerable populations and address health disparities;
Involve professional associations in federal efforts related to health care;
Emphasize cultural and linguistic competence, and others.
In addition, APA made a number of critical recommendations related to longstanding Association priorities.