March 10, 2017

ACR Stresses Value of Screening in Meeting with HHS Secretary Price

Representatives from the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Government Relations office joined twelve other national medical specialty societies Mar. 1 for an in-person meeting with Tom Price, MD, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to discuss ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

During the meeting, ACR highlighted the importance of continued access to preventive diagnostic screening without patient cost-sharing for mammograms, low-dose CT scans for early-stage lung cancer detection and CT colonography for early-stage colon cancer detection in any PPACA replacement legislation.

Secretary Price’s opening remarks echoed support for many policy concepts President Trump touted as important elements of any PPACA replacement plan, including expanded access to health savings accounts (HSAs), new tax credits based on an individual’s age to assist health insurance purchases, high-risk pools to cover patients with pre-existing conditions and Medicaid reform.

The meeting with various national medical specialty societies took place less than a week before the release of the American Health Care Reform Act, legislation supported by the House Republican leadership to repeal and replace PPACA.

The ACR sincerely appreciates the opportunity to meet with Secretary Price. We look forward to additional opportunities to work with HHS on various imaging issues.