Your Voice Is Critical As Congress Wraps Up

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Once again we are facing a year-end legislative traffic jam. 

As early as next week, Congress could vote on a final tax reform bill. The House and Senate have each passed different versions, and now both houses have appointed conferees to shape the final bill. Now is the time to contact your legislators,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, access, bonds

Chair File: Addressing Health Care Challenges, Opportunities Ahead

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By Gene Woods 

Now that our calendars are turned to December and 2018 is drawing closer, working together to advance health in America is more critical than ever. The AHA recently released the 2018 Environmental Scan, to highlight trends in health care for 2018 and beyond.

The Scan focuses on several... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, Community health, advocacy, access, leadership, care coordination

The Importance of Coverage

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A cancer survivor is alive because doctors diagnosed her disease in time and got her the treatment she needed immediately. A man with diabetes learns how to monitor his blood sugar to avoid the amputation of his leg. These miracles happened because these patients had meaningful access to care as a result... read more

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

340B Supports Essential Hospital Services

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Millions of Americans worry about the high costs of life-saving prescription drugs. That’s why 25 years ago, Congress created the 340B Drug Pricing Program to help hospitals expand access to prescription drugs and support essential services for our most vulnerable patients.

The program constitutes less... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, access, regulation

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

Hospitals Are Essential Anchors in Their Communities

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Recent events have reminded us that in times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, hospitals are always there, ready to care. From Texas and Florida to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, America’s hospitals and health systems are clearly essential anchors in their communities.

In addition to providing quality... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, 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

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

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

Congress: Take Action to Stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces

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BY NANCY HOWELL AGEE

What if the health coverage you need is priced out of reach?  Do you forego care knowing that you can’t afford your deductible? Or do you see the doctor knowing that you may not be able to pay your co-pay?

More than half of individuals who buy their insurance through the Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

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