Patients, advocates urge Senate to protect health coverage

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At an event today in Reno, NV, patients and other health care advocates urged the U.S. Senate to protect coverage for patients as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C. Speakers included heart disease and breast cancer survivors, a local business owner and mother, Nevada Medical Center CEO Alan... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, chronic conditions

Bipartisan governors' network issues health reform priorities

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The National Governors Association today released shared priorities from its bipartisan forum on strengthening private health insurance, Medicaid and public health. The priorities include fully funding the cost-sharing reductions for the health insurance marketplaces through calendar year 2018, and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Coverage, Medicaid, opioids

AHA urges Senate to protect health coverage as it deliberates AHCA

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The AHA Friday urged the Senate to make continued health care coverage a priority as it deliberates the House-passed American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. "Health care coverage is vitally important to working Americans and their families," AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Governors issue guiding principles for health insurance reform

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Seven governors today urged Senate leaders to take a bipartisan approach to improving the nation’s private health insurance system, based on a set of guiding principles that include improving affordability, restoring stability to insurance markets, providing state flexibility and encouraging innovation,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

MACPAC issues June report to Congress

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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission today released its June report to Congress, which includes a chapter examining how Medicaid programs are responding to the opioid epidemic. According to the report, Medicaid beneficiaries are prescribed pain relievers at higher rates than those with... read more

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

CMS issues 2017 Marketplace enrollment update

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About 10.3 million Americans had an active 2017 health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplaces as of March 15, or 84% of those who selected a plan during open enrollment, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. About eight in 10 active enrollees... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

Groups call on Senate to protect patients in health care debate

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Eight organizations, including the AHA, will host Thursday in Cleveland the first in a series of events across the country urging the Senate to protect patient access to affordable and adequate care as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C. "As the backbone of America's health safety-net,... read more

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

House, Senate hold hearings on HHS budget request

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The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees today held hearings on the administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services. During the House hearing, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) urged Congress to quickly act within its constitutional... read more

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

CMS seeks input on how to reduce health care regulatory burden, improve choice

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a request for information on reducing regulatory burdens and improving health care coverage choices. Specifically, the agency seeks comments on changes to existing regulations or guidance that could further empower patients and promote choice in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, regulation

House members urge HHS to change QHP third-party payment policy

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Nearly 200 House members today urged Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to require qualified health plans to accept premium and cost-sharing assistance provided to patients by nonprofit charitable organizations, places of worship and local civic organizations. The representatives expressed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

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