House passes legislation to repeal parts of the ACA

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The House of Representatives today voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. The bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration, would make significant changes to the Medicaid program, including repealing the ACA’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

GAO announces new MACPAC members, chair

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The Government Accountability Office today named five new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. They are Martha Carter, CEO of FamilyCare Health Centers in Scott Depot, WV; Frederick Cerise, president and CEO of Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas; Kisha Davis, a family... read more

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

Federal appeals court affirms decision blocking Anthem acquisition of Cigna

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As urged by the AHA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today affirmed a district court decision blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna. “Having considered the totality of circumstances…, we hold that the district court reasonably determined Anthem failed to show the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, Coverage, antitrust

Make Your Voice Heard Now

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Congress returned this week from its spring break—and so did the American Health Care Act. The latest version of the AHCA is being changed to include an amendment authored by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and endorsed by the conservative House Freedom Caucus. This version of the AHCA continues to put health... read more

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

AHA does not support latest version of ACA repeal legislation

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The AHA cannot support the latest proposed amendment to the American Health Care Act, which would continue to jeopardize health coverage for many Americans, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said today. “Our top concern is what this change could mean for older and sicker patients, including those with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

Groups urge Congress to fund cost-sharing subsidies for at least two years

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Congress and the administration must fund cost-sharing reductions for at least two years to protect access to care for low- and moderate-income consumers in the individual health insurance market, the AHA, America’s Health Insurance Plans, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Benefits Council,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CDC: Chronically uninsured rate for adults falls to 7.6%

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An estimated 7.6% of adults under age 65 were uninsured for more than one year when surveyed in the first nine months of 2016, down from 16.8% in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The share of chronically uninsured who are Hispanic, employed,... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

AHA comments on CMS request for information regarding Medicare Advantage

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The Medicare Advantage and Part D programs are a success when measured on metrics such as marketplace competition, consumer satisfaction and quality of care, but could be improved in a number of areas as part of continuous efforts to advance health care quality, health outcomes and health system... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage

AHA, others urge Congress to fund cost-sharing reductions

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Eight organizations, including the AHA, today urged Congress to fund the cost-sharing reduction program for certain individuals purchasing health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. In an infographic, the groups note that more than 70% of voters, including 68% of conservatives who make... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Stabilize the Exchanges

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Congress returns to Washington next week with some important decisions to make in a short time. One of their immediate priorities should be stabilizing the Health Insurance Marketplaces to protect the millions of Americans who rely on them for health coverage. Policymakers should remove uncertainty about... read more

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

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