AMA Adopts New Policies on Immigration Reform, Drug Pricing Transparency

At the American Medical Association’s (AMA) annual meeting, the organization’s House of Delegates voted to adopt new policies on several health-care topics, including protecting 911 service funding, providing transparency in drug pricing, and increasing access to opioid overdose . The new adopted policies include:

  • Prescription drug costs: In response to recent hikes in prescription drug prices, the delegates supported calling for drug companies to reveal the suggested retail price in consumer ads and to give public notice before increasing the prices of drugs by ≥10% within a 12-month period. The group also announced it will support legislative, regulatory, and national advocacy efforts to increase access to affordable naloxone (the drug used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose).
  • Health insurance across state lines: Building on existing AMA policy supporting the sale of health insurance products across state lines, the AMA adopted a new policy to ensure products have patient and provider protection consistent with and enforceable under the laws of the state where the patient lives.
  • Protecting 911 services funding: The AMA called for state and federal guidelines to prevent diverting 911 services funding to unrelated services.
  • Immigration reform: To ensure that qualified international physicians, medical students, and residents are able to seamlessly practice medicine and obtain their medical training in the United States, the AMA will oppose laws and regulations that would “broadly deny entry or re-entry to the United States to any person holding a current legal visa, green card authorizing permanent resident status, or student visa based on their country of origin and/or religion.”

Visit ama-assn.org for more information about other policies the organization will adopt.

Sources: AMA press releases, June 14 and June 15, 2017.

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