Survey: Premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage up 3% in 2017

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The average annual premium for employer-sponsored family health coverage rose 3% this year to $18,764, including employer and worker contributions, according to the latest annual survey of employer-sponsored health insurance by the Kaiser Family Foundation and AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust.... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access

Republican senators unveil ACA repeal/replace proposal

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Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) today unveiled a health care reform bill that would repeal components of the Affordable Care Act, make significant changes to how the Medicaid program is financed, and create a new grant program for states to use... read more

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

Congress urged to support policies that benefit patients, increase coverage

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Hospital leaders today gathered in Washington, D.C., to urge lawmakers to reject cuts to payments for hospital care and support policies that would benefit patients and increase access to care. During an AHA Advocacy Day briefing, which also was webcast, AHA leaders provided an update on the latest... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Coverage, rural, Medicaid, access

HHS announces additional hurricane waivers, resources

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Friday declared public health emergencies in Georgia and South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, access, disaster readiness, regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

SAMHSA reports 39% increase in opioid treatment programs since 2003

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The number of federally-approved opioid treatment programs, which are qualified to dispense methadone and buprenorphine for opioid use disorders, increased 39% between 2003 and 2016, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. About 10% of all substance use... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: physicians, access, Behavioral health, opioids

President signs Veterans Choice appropriations bill

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President Trump Saturday signed into law legislation providing $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program. Authorized under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 and extended in April, the Department of Veterans Affairs program allows some veterans to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

AHA releases community conversations resource

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The AHA today released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems in vulnerable rural and urban communities engage their communities in discussions on how to ensure continued access to essential health care services. “These conversations will be critical as you work collaboratively to identify and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, rural, access

HRSA recognizes hospitals for organ donation efforts

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The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign recently recognized more than 1,000 hospitals and transplant centers, including 296 small and rural hospitals, for outstanding efforts to promote organ donation awareness and registration... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

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Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth

Alaska receives waiver to implement reinsurance program

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The departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury yesterday approved a Section 1332 waiver for Alaska to implement a five-year reinsurance program for its health insurance marketplace beginning in 2018. The state-operated program will cover claims for people with any of 33 high-cost conditions... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, access

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