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

Senate told to go back to drawing board on health care bill

AHA News

As the Senate deliberates legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack today warned that “history will remember how the Senate votes and whether it votes to protect coverage or leave the most vulnerable behind.”

Pollack was joined by Sr. Carol Keehan,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid

Senate leaders unveil draft health care bill

AHA News

The AHA Thursday called on the Senate to “go back to the drawing board” on its newly released Better Care Reconciliation Act, draft legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. The AHA said the current version of the bill could hurt the most vulnerable Americans.

"From the onset of... read more

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

AHA urges Senate committee to protect coverage

AHA News

The AHA on May 25 urged the Senate Finance Committee to “make continued coverage a priority” as it considers changes to the Affordable Care Act.

“We believe that any changes to the ACA must be guided by ensuring that we continue to provide health care coverage for the tens of millions of Americans who... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

CBO estimates AHCA's impact

AHA News

The Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation May 24 estimated 51 million people under age 65 would lack health insurance in 2026 under House-passed legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, 23 million more than under current law.

In 2018, 14 million fewer... read more

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

Highlights from the AHA Annual Membership Meeting

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Schumer urges hospitals to mobilize grassroots efforts
 
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) today urged the hospital field to mobilize its employees in a grassroots effort to defeat the American Health Care Act, which recently passed the House. “You have every right to express your outrage... read more

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

AHA dismayed over final rule on Medicaid DSH calculation

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services March 30 issued a final rule addressing how third-party payments are treated when calculating the hospital-specific limitation on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

The AHA expressed deep disappointment in the rule. “Of particular concern is... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, regulation

House mental health bill passes committee unanimously after revisions

AHA News

The House Energy and Commerce Committee June 15 voted 53-0 to approve the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646, after several modifications were made to the bill as a result of bipartisan negotiations. The committee-approved bill scrapped earlier measures that would have eliminated the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, Mental health, Behavioral health

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

AHA critical of Medicare cuts proposed in president's budget

AHA News

The president’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request for nearly $420 billion in 10-year Medicare payment cuts to providers “would jeopardize hospitals’ ability to keep the promise of maintaining access to vital health care services,” the AHA said last week.

On a more positive note for hospitals, the Feb.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: graduate medical education, GME, Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals, Medicaid

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