Medicaid Expansion Is a Key Part of Affordable Care Act

While experts say it's less vulnerable to legal challenge, some worry there won't be enough doctors available

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"Components like teaching health centers are part of the Affordable Care Act," he said. "That's to take a federally qualified health center and do medical residency, medical education in that health center."

And he said a provision for student loan forgiveness could help overcome a barrier to medical students choosing family medicine and other primary-care specialties.

"It's important to acknowledge for our membership that [the new law] was controversial," Stream said. "We have 100,000 members across the country and certainly they represent the political diversity in our society.

"Our academy is focusing -- because the Affordable Care Act is now law -- on helping to preserve and expand and implement those pieces that we see as important to the health of people in our country," he added.

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