MAFP Sends Letter to Governor Dayton
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Posted by: Tara Owens
On December 2, 2016, U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent a letter to Governors and Commissioners seeking input on health care reforms and policies at the state level. On January 4, 2017, the MAFP sent the below letter to Governor Dayton to submit comments regarding McCarthy's request.
Dear Governor Dayton:
In a letter sent to you on December 2nd, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Congressional leaders requested your input on suggested changes to current health laws that impact family physicians and their patients.
As you respond to this important request, the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians and the 3,100 physicians and student members we represent, offers four critical principles that we believe would, if achieved, bolster health in our state.
- Currently insured individuals should not lose public or private health insurance.
- Under current law, individuals and families benefit from protections against discrimination in all health insurance marketplaces and in other insurance products. These patient-centered protections must be maintained and are essential to ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their age, race, gender, or medical history, can obtain quality affordable health insurance.
- Individuals and families should not lose Medicaid coverage. In addition, the functions of Medicaid should be universal, meaning regardless of one’s state of residency, individuals enrolled in Medicaid must be guaranteed health care coverage that is equitable to coverage in any of the other states.
- Primary care is and must remain a critical and foundational component of any health care system.
Our health care system is not perfect and there are areas that require additional reform. We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to advocate for improvements to our current health system that will benefit citizens of our state.
We stand ready to work with you to accomplish this goal.
Dania Kamp, MD, President, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians