The Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an important step forward in improving health care in Wisconsin and the United States. WAFP's  support for the legislation, now public law, is consistent with the Academy's commitment to access to care, payment reform, improving health outcomes, reducing the overall cost of health care and recognizing the contributions of of primary care.

Specifically, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

  • Guarantees coverage and expands access to health care for 32 million more Americans
  • Helps shift the United States toward a health care delivery system based on primary care by, increasing payment for primary care services
  • Advances the principles of the patient-centered medical home
  • Invests in training more family physicians
  • Eliminates many of the worst practices of the health insurance industry, such as dropping patients when they get sick and denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions

WAFP is monitoring all of the opportunities for family physicians under the PPACA and is working with state officials to optimize provisions that support PCMH and primary care.