What's Next in the Health Care Debate?

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Once again, the Senate attempted to pass a proposal to repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. Once again, it met defeat – and we are grateful.

But this fight is not over. America’s hospitals and health systems must stay vigilant and continue to make the case to protect coverage... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

221 House members urge Congress to delay Medicaid DSH cuts

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Two hundred twenty-one members of the House of Representatives today urged congressional leaders to delay for at least two more years cuts to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of Medicaid and uninsured patients. “Should Congress fail to delay the cuts scheduled to begin on Oct. 1, safety net... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

Senate won't vote on GOP health care bill

AHA News

The Senate will not vote this week on a proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, (R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the proposal’s sponsors and Senate Republican leaders said yesterday.

The Senate faced a... read more

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

Medicaid directors: Graham-Cassidy poses significant challenges

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The National Association of Medicaid Directors yesterday urged Congress to “carefully consider the significant challenges” posed by the Graham-Cassidy proposal. Unveiled last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), the legislative proposal would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

HHS grants Hurricane Maria waivers for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price this week declared public health emergencies in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Maria, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Medicaid, disaster readiness

CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Nov. 20 on a “new direction” for its Innovation Center that will approach new model design through six guiding principles: choice and competition in the market; provider choice and incentives; patient-centered care; benefit design and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Program Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid, price, transparency, Mental health, Behavioral health

AHA opposes Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace parts of the ACA

AHA News

The AHA today voiced opposition to a proposal introduced last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We believe that coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans... read more

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

Governors urge Senate leaders not to consider Graham-Cassidy proposal

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A bipartisan group of 10 governors today urged Senate leaders not to consider legislation unveiled last week to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. “As you continue to consider changes to the American health care system, we ask you not to consider the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Hospital groups urge Congress to delay Medicaid DSH cuts

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Nine national hospital organizations, including the AHA, today urged Congress to continue to delay cuts to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of Medicaid and uninsured patients. “Unfortunately, the coverage rates envisioned under the [Affordable Care Act] have not been fully realized, and tens... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress

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Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy, Medicaid

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