AHA issues guide to implementing access strategy in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement a multi-step strategy to promote care coordination between Indian Health Service facilities and other health care providers. The strategy is one of nine innovative ways for communities at risk... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, equity, access

Coverage is Key

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This week, House Republicans unveiled a bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. While we continue to work with lawmakers on advancing our health care system, we cannot support this bill in its current form. Our primary concern for health reform has always been maintaining coverage. It... read more

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

AHCA legislative update

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) March 13 released an estimate of the effects on health coverage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the legislative package passed last week by the House Ways and Means and Energy & Commerce committees to... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access

Hospital and physician groups tell Congress they can't support AHCA as drafted

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In a letter today to members of Congress, the AHA, America’s Essential Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Children’s Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, and National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems said they... read more

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

AHA comments on CMS proposals to help stabilize Health Insurance Marketplaces

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Many of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposals to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces could make participation more appealing to insurers and consumers, but several “threaten consumer access to coverage and care, particularly for vulnerable populations who rely on essential... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, access

Pollack, health leaders discuss future of ACA at Miami forum

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“Coverage and how we maintain that coverage is absolutely critical,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack during a panel discussion today on the future of the Affordable Care Act in the new political environment. In addition, Pollack said he believes the delivery system reforms contained in the law... read more

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

CDC reports on 2014 health care access and use by adults

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week released a report summarizing 2014 data on health care access and use of clinical preventive services by adults, based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey. The authors say the data can be used as a baseline to assess and monitor... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: access, prevention

Preserving Medicaid is a Priority

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When Congress returns next week, Republican leaders intend on advancing legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act – legislation which would currently include the possible redesign of the Medicaid program. Medicaid today provides coverage to more than 70 million children and poor,... read more

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

Black History Month and health equity

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“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Month is the perfect time to ask, “What progress is your hospital making in equity of care? What progress are you making in support of the idea that a person’s fate in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity, access

With Plans Taking Shape, Now is the Time to Make Your Voice Heard

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While Congress passed a budget resolution last month “unlocking” the reconciliation process to repeal and replace or repair the Affordable Care Act, the January 27 deadline for the committees of jurisdiction to develop substantive legislation has come and gone. That’s why the options outlined yesterday by... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access

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