American Osteopathic Association

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Statement of Mark A. Baker, DO, President of the American Osteopathic Association, Regarding Health Care Reform Efforts

CHICAGO—Sept. 26, 2017— AOA President Mark A. Baker, DO, issued the following statement today:

“Stabilizing the health insurance market should be Congress’s priority when it looks to address the many challenges our health care system faces. Osteopathic physicians will continue to support and advocate for our patients’ ability to access the care they need and promote a continuous, comprehensive care model that will improve patient outcomes and lower health care costs.

The American Osteopathic Association stands ready to contribute in the process. As a physician-led organization representing the interest of 130,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students, AOA must uphold the policies adopted by our physician leaders that promote patient access to high-quality care.

We will hold firmly to this guidance and call upon Congress to work across the aisles to stabilize and improve our health care system.”

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 129,000 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. Visit to learn more about osteopathic medicine.

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