Federal appeals court affirms decision blocking Anthem acquisition of Cigna

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As urged by the AHA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today affirmed a district court decision blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna. “Having considered the totality of circumstances…, we hold that the district court reasonably determined Anthem failed to show the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, Coverage, antitrust

Legislation would extend add-on payments for ambulance providers

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AHA-supported legislation introduced yesterday in the Senate would permanently extend add-on payments for ambulance services, which are set to expire Dec. 31. The Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act (S.967) was introduced by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Charles... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, access

Congress passes one-week stop-gap measure to fund the government

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Congress today approved a continuing resolution funding the federal government through May 5, sending it to the president for his signature before the current CR expires at midnight tonight. The one-week extension will allow negotiators to continue work on a larger package to fund the government through... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: appropriations

AHA issues guide to implementing strategy to ensure access in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement a multi-step strategy to more closely align inpatient and outpatient services with the needs of their communities. The strategy is one of nine innovative ways for communities at risk for losing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

AHA does not support latest version of ACA repeal legislation

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The AHA cannot support the latest proposed amendment to the American Health Care Act, which would continue to jeopardize health coverage for many Americans, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said today. “Our top concern is what this change could mean for older and sicker patients, including those with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

CMS issues Medicare IRF, SNF and hospice proposed rules for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued proposed rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and hospice providers for fiscal year 2018. In accordance with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, IRF, SNF and hospice payments will increase... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

Legislation to encourage generic drug entry introduced in House and Senate

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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and other members of the Senate and House Judiciary committees today introduced the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act, which targets anticompetitive behaviors used to block and delay entry of generic drugs. Among other provisions, the bipartisan... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: drug prices

House bill introduced to extend access to physicians in underserved areas

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Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) this week introduced legislation (H.R. 2141) to improve and extend the Conrad State 30 program until 2021, providing a House companion to the Senate bill (S. 898). First enacted in 1994, the program allows state health departments to request J-1 visa... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, advocacy, access, workforce

Groups urge Congress to fund cost-sharing subsidies for at least two years

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Congress and the administration must fund cost-sharing reductions for at least two years to protect access to care for low- and moderate-income consumers in the individual health insurance market, the AHA, America’s Health Insurance Plans, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Benefits Council,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CDC: Chronically uninsured rate for adults falls to 7.6%

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An estimated 7.6% of adults under age 65 were uninsured for more than one year when surveyed in the first nine months of 2016, down from 16.8% in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The share of chronically uninsured who are Hispanic, employed,... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

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