Health care reform is another step closer. I’m excited, my colleagues are excited, our Academy is excited.

“With 46.3 million uninsured Americans and another 25 million who have inadequate coverage, the possibility of a bankrupting illness has shadowed people of all ages and in virtually all income brackets for too long,” Epperly said. “This bill represents important progress toward removing that threat.”

In addition, said Epperly, the legislation “will expand Americans’ access to preventive, primary care and — through national demonstration projects — help establish the validity of the patient-centered medical home, a cornerstone for a meaningful, comprehensive health care system.”

At the same time, he noted, “It will begin to build up our nation’s primary care physician workforce by improving payment to primary care physicians.”

Ted Epperly points out that there is work yest to be done. “We must move forward with health care reform that provides health care security for patients, an adequate physician workforce to meet their needs and a delivery system that enables physicians to provide high-quality health care,” he said.