CBO estimates impact of House-passed American Health Care Act

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The Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation today estimated 51 million people under age 65 would lack health insurance in 2026 under House-passed legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, 23 million more than under current law. In 2018, 14 million fewer people... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

AHA recommends changes to FCC Rural Health Care Program

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The Federal Communication Commission should update its Rural Health Care Program to meet the growing demand for broadband telehealth services, the AHA said in comments submitted today. Specifically, AHA recommends the program increase the Healthcare Connect Fund and HCF discount percentage; reduce... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access, Telehealth

IRF and LTCH quality data preview reports available June 1

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Beginning June 1, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals will be able to review their quality data for 30 days before it is reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. “Corrections to the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

GAO announces MedPAC appointments

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The Government Accountability Office today appointed two new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and reappointed three current members. The new members are David Grabowski, a health care policy professor at Harvard Medical School, and Dana Gelb Safran, senior vice president of enterprise... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

White House releases FY 2018 budget request

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President Trump today submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year 2018. The budget request, which is not binding, proposes steep reductions to the Medicaid program but does not propose any direct reductions to Medicare funding. AHA staff are analyzing the budget request, and AHA members will... read more

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

Hearing examines public health response to Zika virus

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a subcommittee hearing on the U.S. public health response to Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in infants born to women infected during pregnancy. About 94% of the more than 5,200 Zika cases reported in the continental U.S. since... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, preparedness, prevention, Zika

SAMHSA announces grants to implement suicide prevention model

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 cooperative agreements to implement the Zero Suicide in Health Systems model, a multi-setting approach designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health, prevention

NIH issues national action plan for COPD

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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute yesterday released a national plan for addressing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. Developed at the request of Congress and with input from the COPD community, the plan focuses on empowering... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, prevention

Palliative care leader named 2017 TRUST Award recipient

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Diane Meier, M.D., director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, will receive the Health Research & Educational Trust's 2017 TRUST Award at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit July 27 in San Diego. Under her leadership of the national organization, the number of palliative care programs in U.S.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, awards, leadership

House, administration again request continuance in ACA cost-sharing subsidies challenge

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House Republicans and the Trump administration today asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to continue to suspend proceedings in House v. Price (formerly House v. Burwell), saying the parties “continue to discuss measures that would obviate the need for judicial... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

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