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Pa. Physician Leaders Discuss Health Care Reform, Drug Costs, and More with U.S. Rep. Rothfus

On Feb. 21, 2017, western Pennsylvania Congressman Keith Rothfus (R-12th District) met with a dozen Allegheny County Medical Society physician leaders to discuss the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the development of new legislation to replace the ACA.

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Rep. Rothfus is in his third term, and his district includes parts of Allegheny, Beaver, Cambria, Lawrence, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties.

As have many members of the Congress, Rep. Rothfus has undertaken a ‘listening tour” to share his views of the evolving health care law and get input and opinions from stakeholders in the important process.  He noted that important changes to the health care universe came through the recently enacted 21st Century Cures Act, including mental health reforms championed by Congressman Tim Murphy (R – 18th District).

Rep. Rothfus stated that he wants to “meet the expectations of the people of the country” as they use health care.

Discussions with the physicians covered a broad spectrum, including the expanded coverage for Medicaid patients, budget constraints, the impact of new U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, plans for insurance premium tax credits, aspects of the high-risk insurance pool, and the potential for pre-tax premiums for those holding individual plans.

Physicians at the meeting expressed concern about the need to expand primary care, continuing professional liability issues and high drug costs among other things.

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