Health Care Reform

ACEP believes all Americans must have health care coverage and we urge lawmakers to consider the following principles as they develop health care reform policies:

  • Maintain emergency services as a covered benefit for any insurance plan.
  • Ensure the federal Prudent Layperson Standard extends to Medicaid fee-for-service and that compliance measures are in place for all other health plans.
  • Require health insurance transparency of data used to determine in- and out-of-network reimbursement rates for their patients' medical care. Ensure appropriate reimbursement rates for emergency services.
  • Eliminate need for prior authorization for emergency services and guarantee parity in coverage and patient co-payments for in- and out-of-network emergency care services.
  • Retain protections for pre-existing conditions, no lifetime limits and allowing children to remain on their parents' insurance plan until age 26.
  • Enact meaningful medical liability reforms, including protections for physicians who provide federally-mandated EMTALA-related services, care for patients in a federally declared disaster area and who follow clinical guidelines established by national medical specialty societies.
  • Ensure any continuation or expansion of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), Association Health Plans (AHPs) and Individual Health Pools (IHPs) provide meaningful health insurance benefits and coverage for individuals and families, including access to emergency care services.
  • Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and the excise tax on high-cost employer health benefit plans. Delay repeal of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) until at least 2020 or amend to eliminate mandatory provider participation in Medicare models. This will allow an adequate transition period for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) grants aimed at lowering costs, improving health outcomes and delivering more effective care.
  • Acknowledge the role of freestanding emergency centers and other health care delivery models as crucial to encouraging coverage innovation.
  • Protect the most vulnerable populations in this county by making sure Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP remain available and solvent for current and future generations. 

ACEP Policy Statements and Information Papers Related to Health Care Reform


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