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AMA Launches Grass-roots Campaign to Put Patients Before Politics

CHICAGO — The American Medical Assoc. (AMA) launched a new website aimed at encouraging physicians and patients to join the AMA’s fight to increase access to affordable, meaningful coverage for everyone.

The interactive site, patientsbeforepolitics.org, provides physicians and patients with the latest information on healthcare reform legislation moving through Congress, as well as the AMA’s current efforts to help shape the future of U.S. healthcare. The site features an easy way for supporters to contact members of Congress, urging them to protect patients currently insured, enable low- and moderate-income people to secure meaningful coverage, and maintain Medicaid and other safety-net programs. The site will also feature curated videos and testimonials and will give supporters the ability to easily share content within their social networks.

“Putting patients first is at the heart of everything we do as physicians. That’s why we are committed to working with leadership in both parties to improve health-insurance coverage and healthcare access so that patients receive timely, high-quality care, preventive services, medications, and other necessary treatments,” said AMA President Dr. Andrew Gurman. “This new website will equip physicians and patients around the country with the information and tools they need so they can join us in urging Congress to put patients before politics and ensure every American has access to affordable, meaningful coverage and high-quality healthcare.”

Over the course of the campaign, the AMA will continually update the site with the latest developments on healthcare reform and offer additional ways for physicians and patients to take action. The site will soon feature additional interactive educational resources, including the ability for users to build their own healthcare-reform proposal.