House leaders unveil short-term spending measure with CHIP funding

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House Republican leaders yesterday introduced a stop-gap spending measure to fund federal domestic programs through Jan. 19 that also includes five years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The bill also would eliminate $2 billion in scheduled Medicaid disproportionate share hospital... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid, appropriations

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment approaches 4.7 million

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Nearly 4.7 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov between Nov. 1 and Dec. 9, including more than 1 million last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported yesterday. About 70% of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

Podcast spotlights initiative to enroll veterans in coverage

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A new AHA podcast spotlights an innovative New Jersey Hospital Association program that trains veterans to help other veterans navigate the health insurance marketplace and enroll in coverage. Open enrollment for 2018 coverage through Healthcare.gov ends Dec. 15.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

AHA shares tax reform concerns with House, Senate conferees

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The AHA today urged House and Senate conferees on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to adopt the Senate position maintaining tax exemption for private activity bonds, including qualified 501(c)(3) hospitals, as they meet to resolve differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions of the tax reform bill.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, bonds

President signs stop-gap funding bill

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President Trump today signed a continuing resolution funding the federal government at current levels through Dec. 22, preventing a government shutdown tonight when the current CR expires. Approved by the House and Senate last night, the stop-gap measure also will allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, appropriations

CMS: National health spending growth slows to 4.3% in 2016

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U.S. spending on health care grew 4.3% in 2016, down from 5.8% in 2015, primarily due to slower growth in spending for retail prescription drugs, hospital care, and physician and clinical services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today in Health Affairs. Spending growth slowed for... read more

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

Senate passes tax bill

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The Senate voted 51-49 early Saturday to approve tax reform legislation, which includes provisions that would repeal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act mandate that most individuals have health insurance, eliminate hospitals’ ability to access low-cost capital financing through advance refunding... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, bonds

CMS releases draft guidance for 2019 qualified health plans

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late yesterday released the 2019 draft letter that provides guidance to issuers of qualified health plans interested in selling health coverage through the health insurance marketplaces. The guidance contains key deadlines and incorporates policy changes... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

AHA shares concerns on proposals for 2019 health insurance marketplaces

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The AHA today submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the agency's proposed notice of benefit and payment parameters for the 2019 health insurance marketplaces. "While we appreciate CMS's efforts to reduce regulatory burden within the health care system and provide states... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access

CMS to expand value-based model for MA, prescription drug plans in 2019

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced refinements to the Medicare Advantage Valued-Based Insurance Design Model for calendar year 2019, the third year of the demonstration program. The model is designed to test whether giving MA plans flexibility to offer supplemental benefits or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Medicare, Coverage

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