EDITORIAL: Candidates Hope to Represent All Arizona Physicians By Dr. Gary Figge, PCMS Board of Directors We…
The Pima County Medical Society has signed onto a letter to Senators McCain and Flake which calls on them to oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).
PCMS joins the Arizona Medical Association, Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians (AzACP), Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA), Arizona Psychiatric Society (APS), Pima County Medical Society (PCMS), Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AzAAP), Arizona Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AzACOG), and The Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants (ASAPA) in strongly opposing the legislation. Approval to cosign the letter came during the June 27, PCMS Executive Committee meeting.
According to the letter, Arizona has done Medicaid the right way – leveraging the private sector to the greatest extent, driving innovations in the program, achieving high quality at a low cost. The BCRA forces deep cuts to the Medicaid program nationwide, and will cost Arizona a potential total of $7.1 billion over the next 10 years. These cuts would be devastating to an efficient and quality program critical to the lives of 1.9 million Arizonans, and to the vibrancy of our health care sector.
The funding cuts resulting from BCRA will impact individuals on the AHCCCS (Arizona Medicaid) program; reductions in the billions will have to be taken from all levels of the AHCCCS program across all eligibility groups, provider rates, and benefits.
Additionally, the BCRA eliminates essential public heath funds which pre-date the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Please contact Senators McCain and Flake to voice your opposition. You may reach them by clicking on their name.