Fla. – At the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference &
Exhibition in Orlando, the AAP will provide resources, workshops and
presentations about what Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation means for
children and pediatricians.
AAP has worked to champion the law’s child health provisions from its onset,
and pediatricians are dedicated to working with families and parents as it
takes effect at the state level. Pediatricians play an important role educating
parents about what the ACA means for children and families, which is reflected
in this year’s National Conference & Exhibition program:
Pediatrician Anne Edwards, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee
on State Government Affairs, will present a plenary address 11:10 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27, titled “The 3 Year Visit: Checking Up on the Affordable
At 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Dr. Edwards will lead a workshop
with Michael McManus, MD, MPH, FAAP, a member of the AAP Committee on
State Government Affairs, titled “How Will Insurance Exchanges Work for
Members of the media
who wish to attend either session should first check in at the press room, W203B, of the Orange County Convention Center, for
“Children are better
off because of the Affordable Care Act, and pediatricians are dedicated to
helping parents understand the options available to them and their children as
implementation continues at the state level,” said Dr. Edwards. “As we turn to
the next few months, pediatricians stand ready in every state to help make sure
that our patients and their families are receiving the care they need when they
Oct. 1, 2013, as part of ACA implementation, a six-month open enrollment period
began for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance in the new
marketplaces (formerly known as exchanges) in every state. The marketplaces
will allow millions of people to compare options and choose which type of
insurance plan will work best for their family.
Edwards is chair of pediatrics at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis
where she also practices general pediatrics serving an urban, immigrant community.
She earned her medical degree, completed a pediatric residency, and was chief
resident at the University of Minnesota where she continues to hold an adjunct
faculty position. Dr. Edwards also
serves as a liaison to the Committee on Federal Government Affairs and
Subcommittee on Access. She is a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the
AAP and currently serves as the chapter’s policy committee chair.
Additional ACA resources
Members of the media can access the AAP’s Affordable Care Act press
kit and visit the press room, W203B, on site in
Orlando to request interviews with ACA experts.
Conference attendees receive a DVD that includes English and
Spanish Public Service Announcements and flyers for pediatric offices on
the importance of Medicaid and CHIP. These resources are provided through
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “Connecting Kids to
Coverage” initiative, for which the AAP is a national partner.
At the AAP Resource Center in the exhibition hall, the AAP offers materials and experts who can
provide information on ACA implementation.
pediatricians and the general public can find state-specific fact sheets
on how to navigate the new marketplaces to find the right insurance plan.
parents can find similar information in English and in Spanish, as well as
additional resources explaining health insurance terminology.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary
care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical
specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children,
adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.