Senate rejects 'skinny' ACA repeal bill

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Senators early this morning voted 49-51 against a “skinny” bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. Three Republicans – Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John McCain (R-AZ) – opposed the bill. Senators earlier this week rejected two amendments – the Better Care Reconciliation... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

Stabenow urges hospital leaders to voice their concerns on Hill

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today urged hospital leaders to share their concerns about the American Health Care Act with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill, noting that hospitals and health systems are among the largest employers in their communities. “That story needs to be told” in the debate over... read more

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

Burgess to address AHA Annual Membership Meeting

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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, will address the AHA Annual Membership Meeting during the afternoon Federal Forum Plenary on Monday, May 8. Burgess also serves on the House Committee on Rules. For more on the AHA meeting, May 7-10 in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

Stabenow to address AHA Annual Membership Meeting

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, will address the AHA Annual Membership Meeting during the morning Federal Forum Plenary on Tuesday, May 9. Stabenow also serves on the Senate Budget Committee. For more on the AHA meeting, May 7-10 in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

AHA does not support latest version of ACA repeal legislation

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The AHA cannot support the latest proposed amendment to the American Health Care Act, which would continue to jeopardize health coverage for many Americans, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said today. “Our top concern is what this change could mean for older and sicker patients, including those with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

House bill introduced to extend access to physicians in underserved areas

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Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) this week introduced legislation (H.R. 2141) to improve and extend the Conrad State 30 program until 2021, providing a House companion to the Senate bill (S. 898). First enacted in 1994, the program allows state health departments to request J-1 visa... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, advocacy, access, workforce

Free AHA webinar April 26 on hospital-led effort to combat violence

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host an April 26 webinar on a hospital-led effort to prevent violence in Chicago. Rebecca Levin, strategic director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, will share lessons learned from the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, advocacy, prevention

House leadership delays vote on ACA repeal bill

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House Republican leaders have delayed tonight’s expected vote on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. Timing of future action on the bill is uncertain but may come as early as tomorrow morning.

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

Hospital Association of Rhode Island announces new president

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The Hospital Association of Rhode Island yesterday named as its new president M. Teresa Paiva Weed, who has served as a state senator for more than two decades, most recently as Senate president. Paiva Weed joins HARI following the departure of Michael Souza who has served as president since 2014. “We... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Electronic Health Records, advocacy, Medicaid, leadership, Mental health, Behavioral health

Hospital and physician groups tell Congress they can't support AHCA as drafted

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In a letter today to members of Congress, the AHA, America’s Essential Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Children’s Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, and National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems said they... read more

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

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