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AMA Reinforces Commitment to Cover the Uninsured at Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 General News J E 4
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CHICAGO, June 16 The American MedicalAssociation's commitment to cover the uninsured was clear today, as thousandsof physicians reaffirmed the current AMA proposal to cover the uninsured, andvoted to study the impact of free clinics on improving access to health carefor the uninsured, and to study the tax treatment of health savings accounts.

"While we work to cover the uninsured, we need to find ways to care forthose in need now," said AMA Board Member Cyril Hetsko, M.D. "The AMA will belooking into ways free clinics can fill the void for uninsured patients untilwe can get everyone covered."

About 4000 AMA members are attending the AMA Annual Meeting this week inChicago, a policy-making meeting held every June. In conjunction with themeeting, the AMA posted uninsured billboards around Chicago as part of theVoice for the Uninsured campaign, the AMA's three-year, multi-million dollareffort to spur action to cover America's uninsured. Two new campaigntelevision ads were unveiled at the meeting and will begin to air across thecountry this fall. The AMA distributed new informational packets about theAMA's proposal to cover the uninsured to physicians attending the meeting andlaunched a newly updated campaign Web site: www.voicefortheuninsured.org.

SOURCE American Medical Association
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