Founded in 1960 to respond to the polio virus in Western Pennsylvania, the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation (ACMSF) is again mobilizing to combat an epidemic in our region.  The COVID-19 Front Line Relief Fund will aggregate individual and organizational donations to issue grants supporting front line healthcare providers. The ACMSF will fund the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the basic needs of healthcare professionals.

“The Medical Society has received a deluge of calls from independent medical practices, hospital-based physicians, and nursing homes—all who are seeking help,” says Jeremy Bonfini, CEO of The Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation.

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March 30, 2020

The Honorable Donald Trump
President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Board of Trustees and our physician and medical student members, I am writing to commend your recent decision to extended physical distancing guidelines, but also to underscore our serious concerns about shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). Physicians are on the front lines combatting this destructive and invisible enemy. They are working tirelessly to care for overwhelming numbers of critically ill patients, but they cannot do this alone. We need the help of everyone in the nation, including the federal government, to ensure we succeed.

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The Honorable Jessica K. Altman
Insurance Commissioner
Pennsylvania Insurance Department
1311 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120

 

Re:   Improving Access to Telehealth Services during the State of Emergency in Pennsylvania

Dear Commissioner Altman:

 On behalf of the more than 3,600 members of the Allegheny County Medical Society, we urgently request that you issue an order applicable to all health insurance companies operating in Pennsylvania to expand payment for telehealth services.  During this state of emergency, Pennsylvanians enrolled in Commercial and Medicare Advantage plans now face uncertainty in accessing care normally provided in clinical settings. We ask you to order health insurance plans to increase the scope of covered telehealth services commensurate with the March 17th Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services expansion of telehealth benefits.

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