CMS: 16.7 million enroll in Medicaid/CHIP since October 2013

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More than 16.7 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and April 30, 2017, increasing total enrollment in the programs by more than 29% since the start of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a ... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Enrollment, Coverage, Medicaid

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From the onset of this debate, America’s hospitals and health systems have been guided by a set of key principles that would protect coverage for Americans. Unfortunately, the draft bill under discussion in the Senate to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act moves in the opposite direction,... read more

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

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

Bipartisan governors' network issues health reform priorities

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The National Governors Association today released shared priorities from its bipartisan forum on strengthening private health insurance, Medicaid and public health. The priorities include fully funding the cost-sharing reductions for the health insurance marketplaces through calendar year 2018, and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Coverage, Medicaid, opioids

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

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

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

Groups call on Senate to protect patients in health care debate

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Eight organizations, including the AHA, will host Thursday in Cleveland the first in a series of events across the country urging the Senate to protect patient access to affordable and adequate care as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C. "As the backbone of America's health safety-net,... read more

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

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce CMS regulatory burden

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The AHA today laid out actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. The actions range from cancelling Stage 3 meaningful use requirements for electronic health records to prohibiting... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation

OIG: Some Medicare EHR incentive payments to EPs were inappropriate

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inappropriately paid $729.4 million in Medicare electronic health record incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not meet meaningful use requirements, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General estimated in a report... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses

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