Senate Finance leaders introduce bill to extend CHIP funding for five years

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) yesterday introduced legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. Under the KIDS Act (S. 1827), the program’s federal matching rate would remain at current... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage

Survey: Premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage up 3% in 2017

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The average annual premium for employer-sponsored family health coverage rose 3% this year to $18,764, including employer and worker contributions, according to the latest annual survey of employer-sponsored health insurance by the Kaiser Family Foundation and AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust.... read more

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Tags: Coverage, access

CBO projects 15% premium increase for 2018 benchmark plans

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The Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation expect premiums for benchmark plans in the non-group health insurance market to increase by roughly 15% in 2018, according to a report released yesterday. The agencies attribute the projected increase largely to “short-term market uncertainty... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

AHA recommends policy changes to stabilize individual insurance market

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In a statement submitted today to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for the fourth in a series of hearings on stabilizing the individual health insurance market, AHA urged Congress to address the major issues contributing to marketplace volatility. Specifically, AHA recommends... read more

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Tag: Coverage

Senate Finance leaders announce CHIP funding agreement

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) yesterday announced an agreement to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years. The lawmakers expect to release legislative language for the funding extension in the coming days. Created... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage

Republican senators unveil ACA repeal/replace proposal

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Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) today unveiled a health care reform bill that would repeal components of the Affordable Care Act, make significant changes to how the Medicaid program is financed, and create a new grant program for states to use... read more

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

Congress urged to support policies that benefit patients, increase coverage

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Hospital leaders today gathered in Washington, D.C., to urge lawmakers to reject cuts to payments for hospital care and support policies that would benefit patients and increase access to care. During an AHA Advocacy Day briefing, which also was webcast, AHA leaders provided an update on the latest... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Coverage, rural, Medicaid, access

Census: Uninsured rate drops to 8.8% in 2016


An estimated 28.1 million U.S. residents lacked health insurance for the entire year in 2016, 914,000 fewer than in 2015, the Census Bureau reported today. The share of residents without health insurance for the year fell by 0.3 percentage points to 8.8%, with uninsured rates declining for most ages under... read more

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Tag: Coverage

Senate holds hearing on health care cost, coverage issues

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The Senate Finance Committee today held a hearing on issues impacting health care costs and coverage. Witnesses included former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and representatives from the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, Heritage Foundation, and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, drug prices

Senate holds hearing on state flexibility in individual insurance market

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today held a hearing on state flexibility in the individual health insurance market, the third in a series of bipartisan hearings aimed at producing legislation to stabilize the individual health insurance market. Witnesses included former Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

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