House bill introduced to extend access to physicians in underserved areas

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Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) this week introduced legislation (H.R. 2141) to improve and extend the Conrad State 30 program until 2021, providing a House companion to the Senate bill (S. 898). First enacted in 1994, the program allows state health departments to request J-1 visa... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, advocacy, access, workforce

GAO reports on trauma center availability for children

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An estimated 57% of U.S. children live within 30 miles of a level I or II pediatric trauma center, which can treat all injuries regardless of severity, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. State-level estimates range from zero to more than 90%, GAO said. Pediatric trauma... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, access, emergency care

AHA urges FDA not to finalize draft guidance on blood platelets for transfusion

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The AHA today urged the Food and Drug Administration not to finalize its draft guidance on bacterial testing of blood platelets for transfusion, citing serious concerns about possible unintended consequences and the potential impact on platelet supply. “Additional time, information and resources are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, access, regulation

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

HHS awards grants to help states, territories combat opioid addiction

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday awarded $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. The first of two funding rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, the grants “aim to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet need and reduce overdose... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, opioids, prevention

Bill extending Veterans Choice Program signed into law

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President Trump today signed legislation (S. 544) extending the Veterans Choice Program, which was set to expire in August. The legislation allows the program to access nearly $1 billion remaining from its initial emergency appropriation, makes the Department of Veterans Affairs the primary payer under... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, access

Keep Fighting to Protect Coverage

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Congress may be in recess, with members back home in their states and districts – but the push to revive the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is still very real. House Republicans and the White House continue to work to revise the bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act and secure... read more

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

Tool offers comparison data on VA clinic wait times, hospital quality

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The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday released an online tool providing average wait times for primary and specialty care appointments at specific VA clinics. The tool also provides data on VA patient satisfaction with wait times, and same-day service options for primary care and mental health. In... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, access

Pediatric hospitalizations for certain conditions higher where incomes vary widely

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Children living in areas with large differences in income have higher hospitalization rates for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, according to a study published online this week by JAMA Pediatrics. These are conditions for which timely and effective outpatient care might avoid hospitalization, such as... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: access

Congress passes bill extending Veterans Choice Program

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The House of Representatives today approved legislation (S. 544) extending the Veterans Choice Program. The program was set to expire Aug. 7. The bill, approved by the Senate Monday, now goes to the president for his signature. Among other provisions, the legislation allows the program to access nearly $1... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, access

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