American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Congress Puts Seniors, Children and Their Physicians First

Statement attributable to American Osteopathic Association President Robert S. Juhasz, DO

Washington—April 14, 2015— Congratulations to the Senate for joining their House colleagues in passing this critical reform, the "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015" (H.R. 2), which creates new certainty for our nation’s seniors, children, and their physicians. This long overdue legislation sets a path toward coordinated care with higher quality and lower costs, which will improve public health and our economy.

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) applauds Congress for its bipartisan collaboration and inclusion of the physician community to reach this historic milestone. Seniors are now at the center of a new Medicare system that will reward physicians who provide the highest quality care to them.

The AOA is also pleased that the legislation enables the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program (THCGME) to continue training primary care residents in community-based settings.

Additionally, we appreciate Congress for extending funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - a program long supported by the osteopathic profession. 

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 110,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at


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