AHA video encourages young adults to enroll in health coverage

AHA News

With open enrollment in the 2017 Health Insurance Marketplaces starting Nov. 1, a new AHA video highlights the importance of health insurance for young people. Hospitals are invited to share the video with their communities by displaying it in high traffic areas, on their websites and through social media... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

HHS awards $53 million to combat opioid epidemic

AHA News

The Department of Health and Human Services today announced that it will distribute $53 million in funding to 44 states, four tribes and the District of Columbia to be used in the battle against opioid addiction. The funding will pay for improved data collection and analysis around opioid misuse and... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

NIH launches Zika vaccine trial

AHA News

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Aug. 3 announced the launch of its first clinical trial of a Zika vaccine. The trial begins as the continental U.S. confronts its first Zika virus outbreak, centered in an area north of Miami, in which 15 people have been infected by local mosquitoes.

At least 80... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tag: Zika

Hospitals urged to 'find their voice' on advancing equity

AHA News

Speaking May 1 at a diversity roundtable at the AHA annual meeting, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official expressed her support for the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities, and encouraged hospital leaders to “find their voice” on achieving health care... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity

Medicaid IMD exclusion draws fire at House hearing on heroin, opioid abuse

AHA News

During a March 22 hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,  Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., hit upon a barrier to appropriate care for patients with substance use disorders: a section of the Social Security Act restricting most in-patient mental health treatment programs that... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Medicaid, Behavioral health, opioids

Hospitals pledge to eliminate health care disparities

AHA News

More than 700 hospitals have signed onto the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign to eliminate health care disparities, the association recently announced.

In addition, the AHA noted that a number of partner organizations have endorsed the campaign, first announced at July’s Health Forum-AHA... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, leadership, members, patient and family engagement

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