On 8/27, the
AMA proper committed 50k to help with relocation assistance. The AMA foundation committed an additional 20k. It then sought funds from multiple other organized medicine groups including local AMA sub chapters such as the Pennsylvania medical society. There’s a rough total of 125k now.
The AMA additionally recently passed policy to sit down with interested parties to resolve the current tail coverage issue. Just as importantly, they’re going to work with CMS to ensure that this won’t happen again by advocating for the strengthening of regulatory protections. Letters were also sent to CMS, the US dept of state, and the US citizenship and immigration service urging them to be lenient to transferring residents.
This post was mostly prompted by /u/InvestingDoc’s question last week about whether or not the AMA had the back of those residents. The answer is that the AMA is providing more support than any individual doc anywhere, or any other group of physicians for that matter.
It should be clarified that it is the volunteer physicians of the AMA that are providing that support. They did so by actually responding to the issue with actual effort and by maintaining the infrastructure for this sort of a response to be able to be organized. The volunteers thought it appropriate to provide immediate relocation relief, and are continuing to work on multiple other issues that docs on reddit haven’t found the time to complain about yet, including immigration or policy issues. As a policy advocacy group, personally I think this is an appropriate response.
To the last point about whether or not AMA funds should be used to provide tail coverage? I encourage everyone who has an opinion to join the AMA and propose policy. The AMA’s main legislative body is derived nearly entirely from practicing physicians. So most policy is dictated from a group of your peers. You only need to convince them of that policy for it to be a reality.
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