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

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

AHA urges Senate to protect health coverage as it deliberates AHCA

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The AHA Friday 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

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

MedPAC issues June report to Congress

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its June report to Congress, which includes the panel’s recent recommendations for reforming Medicare payment for Part B drugs and accelerating the roll out of a post-acute care prospective payment system. The report also discusses possible... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, emergency care, drug prices

Governors issue guiding principles for health insurance reform

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Seven governors today urged Senate leaders to take a bipartisan approach to improving the nation’s private health insurance system, based on a set of guiding principles that include improving affordability, restoring stability to insurance markets, providing state flexibility and encouraging innovation,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Reminder: HHS call June 29 on Medicare appeals process changes

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals will host a June 29 call on recent regulatory changes to the Medicare appeals process at the administrative law judge level. A final rule issued in January in some cases allows... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

The Clock is Ticking

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With only two weeks to go until a scheduled July 4 recess, the Senate continues to work on legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. As you know, we’ve urged senators to reject the House-passed American Health Care Act, and focus on protecting health care coverage for... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, members

Cleveland Providers, Patients Urge Senate to Protect Health Coverage

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At an event today in Cleveland, health care leaders and patients urged the U.S. Senate to protect affordable and adequate health coverage for patients as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C. “I can tell you from my experience as a practicing physician and as a physician involved in population... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

MACPAC issues June report to Congress

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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission today released its June report to Congress, which includes a chapter examining how Medicaid programs are responding to the opioid epidemic. According to the report, Medicaid beneficiaries are prescribed pain relievers at higher rates than those with... read more

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

CDC: Youth tobacco use down in 2016

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The number of middle and high school students reporting current tobacco use dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current use of electronic cigarettes decreased among middle school students and use... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

NJ hospitals provide $2.75 billion a year in community benefits

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New Jersey hospitals and health systems provided $2.75 billion in community benefits beyond health care services in 2015, according to a new report from the New Jersey Hospital Association. These contributions include free and discounted health care services, community health improvement programs,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

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