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AADA supports Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act

Sept. 11, 2018

The AADA, along with several other medical societies, has sent letters to members of the House and Senate in support of bipartisan legislation that would ensure coverage for children born with congenital anomalies or birth defects. HR 6689 and S 3369, the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act, will address the issue of insurance denials for procedures that functionally repair or restore any body part that is medically necessary to achieve normal body functioning or appearance.

AADA supports Resident Education Deferred Interest Act

July 31, 2018

The AADA has joined a number of organizations in supporting the Resident Education Deferred Interest (REDI) Act (H.R. 5734), which was introduced by Congressman Brian Babin, DDS (R-TX). The REDI Act would halt the accrual of interest on loans that qualify for forbearance or deferment while a physician or dentist is in an internship or residency.
Currently, all graduate loans are unsubsidized; therefore, interest continues to accrue on the loans even if a physician or dentist qualifies for forbearance or deferment during residency because they cannot afford to make monthly payments. The accrual of the interest can add tens of thousands of dollars to their overall loan depending the balance, interest rate, and length of residency.  The legislation is designed to provide some relief to young physicians as they face significant student loan debt post-training.

Click here to read the letter in support of the REDI Act.

AADA highlights telehealth's role in ensuring access to board-certified dermatologists

April 26, 2018

The AADA highlighted its work with AccessDerm and Project Echo in a statement for the record for a congressional hearing entitled “Innovation in Health Care." The hearing, which was held by the House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Health, focused primarily on telehealth.

In its statement, the AADA reiterated the Academy's mission to improve the quality of dermatologic care available to underserved populations in the United States by facilitating access to board-certified dermatologists. Read the statement.

AADA opposes misvalued codes, urges action on sequester

December 20, 2017

The AADA sent a letter to leadership of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives opposing Medicare cuts to physician payments through either an extension of the misvalued codes policy or through an additional sequester of Medicare funds. To read the letter, click here.

AADA leads multi-organization letter opposing tanning tax repeal

March 22, 2017

The AADA has led a multi-organization letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) opposing the repeal of the indoor tanning tax in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.  Click here for the letter and the list of signers.

AADA supports IPAB repeal

March 17, 2017

The AADA has joined a number of medical organizations in sending letters of support to the lead sponsors of legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The letters were sent to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Representative Phil Roe, MD (R-TN) and Representative Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA).

The IPAB, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, could potentially impose indiscriminate new payment cuts on physicians. Repeal of the IPAB is among the Academy's 2017 advocacy priorities. Read more about IPAB in the March issue of Dermatology World.

AADA opposes indoor tanning tax repeal

March 8, 2017 

The AADA has sent a letter to congressional leaders opposing the repeal of the indoor tanning tax. Among several provisions, the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act ― the American Health Care Act (AHCA) ― would repeal the indoor tanning tax.

In the letter, AADA President Henry Lim, MD, states, “With an epidemic of skin cancer which has grown to more than 4 million in number annually, dermatologists have made it a priority to advance public policies that promote prevention and education about skin cancer and the dangers of indoor tanning. By helping to raise awareness of the dangers of indoor tanning, the tax also can serve as a deterrent to help mitigate the risks associated with indoor tanning which are often not shared with customers of indoor tanning facilities.” According the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the indoor tanning tax will add $800 million to the federal deficit.

Senate committee to vote on Dr. Tom Price for HHS Secretary

January 30, 2017
The Senate Finance Committee this week is expected to approve Tom Price, MD, to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Trump Administration. Read more.