Along with the AAFP, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Osteopathic Association signed a letter, dated Jan. 25, urging the president and Congress “to ensure that any changes maintain the safeguards for women’s health,” an article on the AAFP website stated. Combined, the organizations that signed the letter represent 500,000 physicians nationwide.
"Women have an enormous amount at stake as Congress debates the future of health insurance coverage, the letter said. "It's guaranteed that no woman will be charged more for, or denied, coverage because of her gender, because she was the victim of domestic violence or because she had a previous C-section."
Four priorities for women's health care identified by the organizations are:
- ensuring women have affordable access to evidence-based care,
- opposing political interference in the physician-patient relationship,
- retaining current benefits, including preventive care and a ban on gender rating, and
- protecting Medicaid coverage and financing.