House, Senate hold hearings on HHS budget request

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The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees today held hearings on the administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services. During the House hearing, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) urged Congress to quickly act within its constitutional... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, appropriations

AHA urges Senate committee to protect coverage

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The AHA on May 25 urged the Senate Finance Committee to “make continued coverage a priority” as it considers changes to the Affordable Care Act.

“We believe that any changes to the ACA must be guided by ensuring that we continue to provide health care coverage for the tens of millions of Americans who... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

AHA shares views on ACA repeal/replace legislation with Senate committee

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The AHA today shared with the Senate Finance Committee its views on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “As Congress re-examines the ACA, patients and the caregivers who serve them are depending on legislators to make continued coverage a priority,” wrote AHA Executive Vice... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

CBO estimates AHCA's impact

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The Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation May 24 estimated 51 million people under age 65 would lack health insurance in 2026 under House-passed legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, 23 million more than under current law.

In 2018, 14 million fewer... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, access

White House releases FY 2018 budget request

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President Trump today submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year 2018. The budget request, which is not binding, proposes steep reductions to the Medicaid program but does not propose any direct reductions to Medicare funding. AHA staff are analyzing the budget request, and AHA members will... read more

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

Urge Your Senators to Protect Coverage

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As you know, America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the American Health Care Act because we believe it will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans. We are particularly concerned about the impact it would have on our most vulnerable citizens... read more

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

CMS extends Medicaid home and community-based settings transition period

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday extended until March 17, 2022 the transition period for states to demonstrate compliance with new Medicaid criteria for home and community-based settings. “Medicaid programs are strongest when states have time to engage with beneficiaries and their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, regulation

Highlights from the AHA Annual Membership Meeting

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Schumer urges hospitals to mobilize grassroots efforts
 
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) today urged the hospital field to mobilize its employees in a grassroots effort to defeat the American Health Care Act, which recently passed the House. “You have every right to express your outrage... read more

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

Nickels discusses outlook for AHCA in Senate

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Senate politics and procedures are likely to produce an "utterly different version" of the American Health Care Act than what passed the House last week, AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels said today, discussing the legislation's outlook at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in a session with former... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Fight to Protect Coverage Continues

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America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the American Health Care Act. This bill will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans.

Despite last-minute changes, the proposal eliminates essential protections for older and sicker patients, including... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, Medicaid, access, members

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