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

Survey: Most states planning on federal funding for CHIP to continue

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Most governors are planning upcoming budgets that assume federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program will continue, according to a survey released today by the National Academy for State Health Policy. Thirty-three of the 40 states responding to the December survey said their proposed... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid

Humana to exit Marketplaces in 2018

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Humana this week announced plans to withdraw from the Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2018. “[B]ased on its initial analysis of data associated with the company’s health care exchange membership following the 2017 open enrollment period, Humana is seeing further signs of an unbalanced risk pool,” the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

CDC survey: 8.8% of U.S. residents uninsured in first 9 months of 2016

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An estimated 28.2 million U.S. residents (8.8%) lacked health insurance when surveyed during the first nine months of 2016, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The uninsured rate for adults under age 65 was 9.3% in Medicaid expansion states and 17.5% in... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

AHA issues discussion guide for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a discussion guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement innovative ways to preserve access to essential health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. The AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities recently issued... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, governance

CMS: 9.2 million select 2017 Marketplace plans in states using HealthCare.gov

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About 9.2 million people selected a 2017 health plan through HealthCare.gov during open enrollment, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported Friday. One-third were new HealthCare.gov consumers. Thirty-nine states used HealthCare.gov for 2017 open enrollment, which ended Jan. 31. The report... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

Reminder: Special AHA webcast Monday on ensuring access

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AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack will host a live webcast Monday, Feb. 6, from the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. During the event, Pollack and members of the AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities will discuss the panel’s recent report on nine innovative... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Reminder: Special AHA webcast Monday on ensuring access

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AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack will host a live webcast Monday, Feb. 6, from the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. During the event, Pollack and members of the AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities will discuss the panel’s recent report on nine innovative... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals

AHA urges action to stabilize 2017 Health Insurance Marketplaces

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The AHA today urged Congress to work with the administration to stabilize the public Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017 to prevent millions of consumers from losing coverage. “More than 11.5 million Americans signed up for 2017 health coverage through the federal and state marketplaces by late... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

Coalition releases prior authorization principles to facilitate patient access to care

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The American Medical Association and 16 other health care organizations, including the AHA, today released a set of 21 principles for ensuring that prior authorization requirements do not hinder patient access to care. Members of the coalition – which includes representatives from hospitals, medical... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access, administrative simplification

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