Senate debates bill to repeal and replace parts of ACA

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The Senate yesterday voted 45-55 to reject the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Ac. The legislation was similar to a 2015 bill passed by the Congress, but vetoed by President Obama to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacement.

Senate debate is expected to continue today. Once the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

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Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, access

CMS releases 2018 outpatient PPS and physician payment proposed rules

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The AHA July 13 criticized proposed deep cuts to how much the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reimburses hospitals for drugs acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program and proposes changes to site-neutral payment policies under Section 603 of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act. The provisions are... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, site neutral payment, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, regulation

Senate told to go back to drawing board on health care bill

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As the Senate deliberates legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack today warned that “history will remember how the Senate votes and whether it votes to protect coverage or leave the most vulnerable behind.”

Pollack was joined by Sr. Carol Keehan,... read more

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

AHA urges CMS to re-evaluate 'arbitrary access restrictions' for IRF patients

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The AHA yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address problems with the "60% Rule" for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, especially the policy's "arbitrary access restrictions" for patients with diagnoses outside of the 13 qualifying... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, care coordination

CBO scores Senate health bill

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The Better Care Reconciliation Act would result in 22 million more people uninsured in 2026 and cut $772 billion in federal spending from the Medicaid program from 2017-2026, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office, the non-partisan federal agency that... read more

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

Senate leaders unveil draft health care bill

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The AHA Thursday called on the Senate to “go back to the drawing board” on its newly released Better Care Reconciliation Act, draft legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. The AHA said the current version of the bill could hurt the most vulnerable Americans.

"From the onset of... read more

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

Patients, health care advocates call on Senate to protect coverage

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At an event today in Reno, NV, patients and other health care advocates called on the Senate to protect coverage for patients as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C.

Speakers included heart disease and breast cancer survivors, a local business owner and mother, Nevada Medical Center CEO Alan... read more

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Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, leadership

CMS releases MACRA proposed rule

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The AHA yesterday said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – or MACRA – continues the “incremental, flexible implementation approach called for by hospitals, health systems and the more than 500,000 employed and contracted... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, regulation, care coordination

AHA urges Senate to protect coverage as it considers House-passed AHCA

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The AHA on June 16 urged the Senate to make continued health care coverage a priority as it deliberates the House-passed American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act.

“Health care coverage is vitally important to working Americans and their families,” AHA... read more

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Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

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