Senate Republican leaders release tax bill

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Senate Finance Committee Chair Orin Hatch (R-UT) late yesterday released a draft of Senate Republicans’ proposal to overhaul the tax code. Unlike the House Republicans’ proposal, which passed the Ways and Means Committee yesterday on a party-line vote, the Senate proposal would not eliminate hospitals’... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, advocacy, bonds

Rep. Hultgren renews push to protect tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds

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Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) is renewing a push to have House leadership protect the tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds as part of tax-reform efforts. Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of 150 House members, including Hultgren, who co-chairs the Congressional Municipal Finance Caucus, expressed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, advocacy

Survey ranks AHA at top for influence, efficacy of advocacy associations in DC

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The AHA ranked first of 50 trade associations on six of 15 measures of advocacy effectiveness, the most of any association, according to the results from APCO Worldwide’s annual TradeMarks study. The six areas are member representation, bipartisanship, industry reputation steward, information resource,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

Senate approves bill to protect emergency access to controlled medications

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The Senate last night approved by unanimous consent the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medicines Act (H.R. 304). The AHA-supported legislation clarifies that medications governed by the Controlled Substances Act may be administered by emergency medical services practitioners under a standing order... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, emergency care

Stability Needed

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Last week, the Administration announced that it will halt funding of the cost-sharing reduction payments, or CSRs, that benefit nearly 6 million low- and modest-income Americans who buy coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Federal law requires insurers to reduce out-of-pocket costs, such as... read more

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

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

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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

When Disaster Strikes, Hospitals Are There

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The recent events in Las Vegas are shocking, tragic, and heartbreaking. Our country mourns for the many lives lost, and we continue to care for the many more who were injured and are recovering. It’s hard to imagine the pain of those affected and their families. Our prayers and the nation’s are with them... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, advocacy, disaster readiness, leadership, members

AHA urges action to address flawed OIG hospital audits

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In a letter this week, the AHA again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to take specific actions to address and prevent the serious problems that flow from hospital compliance reviews conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General and its use of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, advocacy

What's Next in the Health Care Debate?

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Once again, the Senate attempted to pass a proposal to repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. Once again, it met defeat – and we are grateful.

But this fight is not over. America’s hospitals and health systems must stay vigilant and continue to make the case to protect coverage... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

House lawmakers urge CMS to drop planned 340B cuts

AHA News

A bipartisan group of 228 House lawmakers yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

“Given the important role that the 340B program plays in our communities, we... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, advocacy

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