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

House passes bill to repeal antitrust exemption for health insurers

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The House of Representatives today voted 416-7 to approve the AHA-supported Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 372). The legislation would repeal the antitrust exemption available to health insurers for anticompetitive conduct, including price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation. “The AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, antitrust

Amendments to ACA repeal bill unveiled

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House Republican leaders late last night unveiled changes to the American Health Care Act, legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. One manager’s amendment makes changes to policies affecting both Medicaid and the tax code, and a second amendment makes technical changes... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

AHA launches ad urging Congress to protect coverage

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A new AHA television ad urges Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the American Health Care Act, on which the House of Representatives could vote Thursday, would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Hospital leaders urge Congress to protect coverage

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At a briefing today at the National Press Club, hospital leaders urged Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “Our primary concerns are that the bill does not maintain coverage for the more than 22 million... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

AHA urges appeals court to affirm decision blocking Anthem acquisition of Cigna

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The AHA today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to affirm a district court decision blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna, which concluded that the proposed combination was likely to substantially effect competition in an already highly concentrated market.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, Coverage, antitrust

House Budget Committee advances ACA repeal bill

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The House Budget Committee voted 19-17 this morning to advance the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill, which now moves to the House Rules Committee. The bill would, among other changes,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

MACPAC: Disproportionate Share Hospitals still face significant financial difficulties

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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission today released its March report to Congress, which includes an analysis of the effects of the Affordable Care Act on hospital uncompensated care. According to the report, total hospital uncompensated care for Medicaid and uninsured patients fell by $4.6... read more

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

CMS: 12.2 million select Marketplace plan during 2017 open enrollment

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More than 12.2 million people selected a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplaces during 2017 open enrollment, about 500,000 fewer than last year, according to a final report released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More than 9.2 million people enrolled through HealthCare.gov,... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

CBO estimates impact of ACA repeal legislation on coverage, budget

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The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation today released an estimate of the effects on health coverage of the American Health Care Act, the legislative package passed last week by the House Ways and Means and Energy & Commerce committees to repeal and replace parts... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

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