Medicaid expansion states report easier access to behavioral health care

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Up to one in three Medicaid expansion enrollees received outpatient behavioral health treatment in 2014 in four states examined by the Government Accountability Office: Iowa, New York, Washington and West Virginia. Officials in the three states expanding Medicaid to this population for the first time said... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, Behavioral health

It's Not Over

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This was a dramatic week for the Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

Revised bills were introduced, each with an updated CBO score. There were last-minute meetings to wrangle votes, and surprise announcements from senators bucking their party’s leaders. There might even be... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, leadership, members

Revised BCRA released; straight repeal scored

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Senate leaders today released a revised draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The updated bill omits an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would have allowed insurers who sell a minimum number of compliant health plans on the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

NH to seek waiver for state reinsurance program

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The New Hampshire Insurance Department yesterday proposed creating a state-operated reinsurance program to help stabilize the state’s health insurance marketplace. In March, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price invited states to apply for Section 1332 wavier proposals that include high-risk... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Heading Into the Ninth

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Last month, we urged the Senate to go back to the drawing board after its original proposal included dramatic cuts to the Medicaid program and the loss of health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans.

If enacted, the Better Care Reconciliation Act would mean real consequences for real people –... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Patients and providers urge Congress to protect health coverage

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At an event this morning in Charleston, WV, patients and their advocates highlighted concerns with recent proposals to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the recent Senate proposal. Speakers included the mother of a young cancer patient, a heart patient, stroke survivor and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

More grassroots advocacy from the folks back home

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We’ve been sharing with you how many hospitals and health systems are speaking up about congressional Republican proposals to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act – proposals that would undermine care and coverage for millions of vulnerable Americans. Here are two more examples of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, leadership, members

AHA recommends CMS actions to stabilize marketplaces

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Responding to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services request for information on ways to reduce regulatory burdens and improve health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, AHA today urged the agency to commit to funding cost-sharing reductions and enforce the individual mandate, among other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Alaska receives waiver to implement reinsurance program

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The departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury yesterday approved a Section 1332 waiver for Alaska to implement a five-year reinsurance program for its health insurance marketplace beginning in 2018. The state-operated program will cover claims for people with any of 33 high-cost conditions... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, access

From the front lines of health care

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Senators returned to Washington this week to continue debate on legislation that would repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. An estimated 22 million people would lose coverage if the Senate approved the bill as currently drafted.

Key to protecting coverage for millions of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

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