Provider groups hailed the president's historic signing of the Senate's healthcare reform bill, which seeks to overhaul the healthcare system through the establishment of a new insurance marketplace, expansions to Medicaid and various insurance reforms.
“America's hospitals have long been committed to ensuring healthcare coverage for all. While the path to universal coverage has been long, today we are closer than ever to reaching this important goal,” Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, said in a written statement.
Signature of the bill means “32 million people will now have access to healthcare coverage, significant insurance market reforms will be enacted and a solid foundation will be laid upon which we can continue to build and improve our nation's health and healthcare system,” Umbdenstock said.
J. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association, specifically praised the bill's provisions to increase payments for primary-care physicians caring for Medicaid patients and bonus payments for physicians in underserved areas, as well as improving competition and choice in the insurance marketplace, and promoting prevention and wellness and clinical comparative-effectiveness research. “Physicians see firsthand the pain and heartbreak that being uninsured causes in the lives of America's patients. Today, we move forward to start to ease that pain,” Rohack said in a written statement.