CMS issues FAQs on Medicaid/CHIP mental health parity rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently published frequently asked questions on the implementation of its final rule applying certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid managed care organizations, Medicaid alternative benefit plans and the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicaid

Reminder: HHS webinar tomorrow on hurricane/flooding recovery

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response tomorrow will host a webinar on lessons learned from last year’s flooding in Louisiana to help those supporting recovery from hurricanes and flooding in other communities. To register for the 2... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: disaster readiness

AHA, others urge Congress to fund CSR payments

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The AHA and seven other national organizations this weekend urged congressional leaders to “take action now to fund cost-sharing reduction benefits for the millions of Americans who depend on this critical program.” The White House announced last week that it will stop making CSR payments to health... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: price

FDA, Baxter issue update on manufacturing recovery in Puerto Rico

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The Food and Drug Administration and Baxter provided an update on efforts Baxter and other companies have taken to reduce the risk of shortages of critically important drugs and to minimize impact on any existing shortages in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In particular, Baxter and the FDA... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Drug Shortages

340B providers in disaster areas can register early for program

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The Health Resources and Services Administration has announced that 340B Drug Pricing Program hospitals in areas affected by recent natural disasters can immediately enroll in the program instead of waiting for the normal registration period. “HRSA recognizes that circumstances surrounding disaster relief... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: 340B

Administration to end CSR payments to insurers

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The Trump administration will stop making cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers, the White House announced last night. Insurers use the federal payments to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income individuals purchasing coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Congressional... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access

AHA Stat Blog: Report misses mark on 340B program

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The latest report from a group financed and backed by the pharmaceutical industry “continues to misrepresent” the 340B Drug Pricing Program and its “successful 25-year history of helping hospitals stretch scarce financial resources to expand and improve access to lifesaving prescription drugs and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, drug prices

Senators urge CMS to consider stakeholders' concerns on 340B proposal

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Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback” before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. “The long-term success of the 340B program... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

Let's get more Americans covered

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America’s hospitals have long helped connect consumers with coverage and are committed to continuing to do so when open enrollment begins Nov. 1 for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplaces.

More than 20 million Americans have gained coverage over the past three years through a combination of Medicaid... read more

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

Once Again, Care for Millions at Risk

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Once again, health coverage for tens of millions of Americans is at risk. The Senate is considering yet another proposal, by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), to repeal significant parts of the Affordable Care Act, with a vote planned for next week.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal would... read more

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

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