House passes bill to extend CHIP funding, Medicaid DSH relief

AHA News Now

The House today voted 242-174 to approve the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act of 2017 (H.R. 3922), legislation that includes a five-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and two years of relief from Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts. Among the CHIP... read more

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

AHA issues next guide in series on ensuring access in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement an urgent care center strategy to maintain an access point for urgent medical conditions that can be treated on an outpatient basis, without having to maintain emergency medical services or inpatient... read more

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

Hatch, Brady introduce bill to fund CSRs, eliminate ACA mandates

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) yesterday introduced the Healthcare Market Certainty and Mandate Relief Act of 2017 that would fund cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers for two years and eliminate temporarily certain... read more

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

Avera e-CARE's telehealth services work to preserve healthy rural hospitals, communities

AHA News

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health’s use of telehealth services illustrates how necessity is the mother of innovation.

The integrated delivery system turned to telehealth 25 years ago to bolster recruitment and retention of physicians in the more rurally remote regions it served.

At the time,... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth, telemedicine

Administration to end CSR payments to insurers

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The Trump administration will stop making cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers, the White House announced last night. Insurers use the federal payments to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income individuals purchasing coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Congressional... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access

AHA Stat Blog: Report misses mark on 340B program

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The latest report from a group financed and backed by the pharmaceutical industry “continues to misrepresent” the 340B Drug Pricing Program and its “successful 25-year history of helping hospitals stretch scarce financial resources to expand and improve access to lifesaving prescription drugs and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, drug prices

Senators urge CMS to consider stakeholders' concerns on 340B proposal

AHA News

Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback” before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. “The long-term success of the 340B program... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

Let's get more Americans covered

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America’s hospitals have long helped connect consumers with coverage and are committed to continuing to do so when open enrollment begins Nov. 1 for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplaces.

More than 20 million Americans have gained coverage over the past three years through a combination of Medicaid... read more

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

Once Again, Care for Millions at Risk

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Once again, health coverage for tens of millions of Americans is at risk. The Senate is considering yet another proposal, by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), to repeal significant parts of the Affordable Care Act, with a vote planned for next week.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal would... read more

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

AHA opposes Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace parts of the ACA

AHA News

The AHA today voiced opposition to a proposal introduced last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We believe that coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans... read more

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

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