Hatch, Brady introduce bill to fund CSRs, eliminate ACA mandates

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) yesterday introduced the Healthcare Market Certainty and Mandate Relief Act of 2017 that would fund cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers for two years and eliminate temporarily certain... read more

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

Open enrollment for 2018 marketplace coverage underway

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Open enrollment at HealthCare.gov for 2018 health coverage is now underway through Dec. 15. On the site, consumers can review 2018 plans and prices for the federal health insurance exchange and purchase health coverage to take effect beginning Jan. 1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently ... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Enrollment

Avera e-CARE's telehealth services work to preserve healthy rural hospitals, communities

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Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health’s use of telehealth services illustrates how necessity is the mother of innovation.

The integrated delivery system turned to telehealth 25 years ago to bolster recruitment and retention of physicians in the more rurally remote regions it served.

At the time,... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth, telemedicine

HRSA awards grants for HIV/AIDS care, medications

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The Health Resources and Services Administration this week awarded cities, states and community-based organizations $2.36 billion in fiscal year 2017 grants to support medical and support services, including medications, for people with HIV/AIDS. "The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program plays a critical role in... read more

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Tag: chronic conditions

Survey: Medicaid enrollment growth slows, spending growth to continue

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Medicaid enrollment growth slowed to 2.7% in fiscal year 2017 due to slower enrollment related to the Affordable Care Act, a stable economy and states’ processing of delayed eligibility determinations, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey of state Medicaid directors. In addition,... read more

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Tag: Medicaid

Oregon receives waiver to implement reinsurance program

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The departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury today approved a Section 1332 waiver for Oregon to implement a five-year reinsurance program for its health insurance marketplace beginning in 2018. “The Departments have determined that implementation of this reinsurance program will lower... read more

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Tag: Coverage

Nov. 1 is first webinar in series from AHA Workforce Center

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The AHA Workforce Center Nov. 1 will host the first in a series of webinars focused on sustainable health care delivery through strategic workforce development. The AHA earlier this year issued a report to help hospital and health system leaders align the skills and abilities of their organization’s... read more

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Tag: workforce

Report Misleads on Drug Prices

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The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) released yet another report designed to obfuscate the issue of sky-rocketing drug prices. Once again, PhRMA turned its sights on hospitals in just another example of PhRMA choosing to blame others rather than looking inward at the... read more

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Tag: drug prices

Alexander announces deal to fund CSRs

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today said he and committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) had reached an agreement on legislation to fund cost-sharing reduction payments for two years and provide states some flexibility in regard... read more

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Tag: Coverage

Senate HELP committee holds hearing on cost of prescription drugs

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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today held the second in a series of hearings on the cost of prescription drugs. “We have to make more progress to get at the root of the problem facing patients, which is the high prices set by drug manufacturers,” Committee Ranking Member... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: drug prices

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