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Giving Thanks

By Rick Pollack
November 22, 2017

Every day, hospitals and health systems across the country are challenged in so many ways as you seek to care for those in your community. In the midst of these challenges, however, are incredible improvements in the health and wellbeing of our communities – giving all of us much for which we can be thankful.

More than 20 million Americans gained health coverage over the last three years through a combination of Medicaid expansion and enrollment in private market coverage on the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Caregivers

The Importance of Coverage

By Rick Pollack
November 17, 2017

A cancer survivor is alive because doctors diagnosed her disease in time and got her the treatment she needed immediately. A man with diabetes learns how to monitor his blood sugar to avoid the amputation of his leg. These miracles happened because these patients had meaningful access to care as a result of having health care coverage.

Promoting health coverage for as many Americans as possible is a core value of the AHA.

In the past five years, more than 20 million Americans... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage, access

America's Hospitals Count on Veterans

By Rick Pollack
November 10, 2017

Our freedoms were earned – and continue to be protected every single day – by the service of our nation’s veterans. Veterans Day is our opportunity to honor these brave men and women for their sacrifices. 

For veterans who want to continue serving others – but in a different capacity – America’s hospitals and health systems provide a great opportunity.  Many veterans, particularly former Army medics, Navy hospital corpsmen, Air Force medical technicians, and Coast Guard health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, workforce, members

340B Supports Essential Hospital Services

By Rick Pollack
November 3, 2017

Millions of Americans worry about the high costs of life-saving prescription drugs. That’s why 25 years ago, Congress created the 340B Drug Pricing Program to help hospitals expand access to prescription drugs and support essential services for our most vulnerable patients.

The program constitutes less than 3% of the more than $450 billion in U.S. annual drug purchases. Because it is funded by drug manufacturer discounts, not federal dollars, it doesn’t cost the government or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, access, regulation

Making Progress on Regulatory Relief

By Rick Pollack
October 27, 2017

The sheer volume of regulations on the books and the scope of change required in meeting them are outstripping the hospital field’s ability to absorb them. Fortunately, there has been growing recognition of this fact from the Administration and those on Capitol Hill, along with some measurable progress.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in particular has recently provided important relief to the field, like implementing a 12-month moratorium on the outdated... read more

Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

Stability Needed

By Rick Pollack
October 20, 2017

Last week, the Administration announced that it will halt funding of the cost-sharing reduction payments, or CSRs, that benefit nearly 6 million low- and modest-income Americans who buy coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Federal law requires insurers to reduce out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles and copayments, for low-income individuals purchasing coverage, and these payments reimburse insurers for those costs.

Ending CSR funding will drive up premiums for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

Hospitals Are Essential Anchors in Their Communities

By Rick Pollack
October 13, 2017

Recent events have reminded us that in times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, hospitals are always there, ready to care. From Texas and Florida to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, America’s hospitals and health systems are clearly essential anchors in their communities.

In addition to providing quality care, hospitals deliver enormous value to their communities through programs to promote wellness and prevention, protect our most vulnerable citizens, strengthen community... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, access

When Disaster Strikes, Hospitals Are There

By Rick Pollack
October 6, 2017

The recent events in Las Vegas are shocking, tragic, and heartbreaking. Our country mourns for the many lives lost, and we continue to care for the many more who were injured and are recovering. It’s hard to imagine the pain of those affected and their families. Our prayers and the nation’s are with them in this tragedy.

In this crisis, the women and men of Las Vegas’s hospitals and health systems heroically stepped forward to help the more than 500 victims hospitalized. Hundreds... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, advocacy, disaster readiness, leadership, members

What's Next in the Health Care Debate?

By Rick Pollack
September 29, 2017

Once again, the Senate attempted to pass a proposal to repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. Once again, it met defeat – and we are grateful.

But this fight is not over. America’s hospitals and health systems must stay vigilant and continue to make the case to protect coverage for patients.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal met the same fate as previous repeal attempts because its enactment would have had similar consequences: devastating cuts to Medicaid,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Once Again, Care for Millions at Risk

By Rick Pollack
September 22, 2017

Once again, health coverage for tens of millions of Americans is at risk. The Senate is considering yet another proposal, by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), to repeal significant parts of the Affordable Care Act, with a vote planned for next week.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal would result in millions losing coverage. It would erode key protections for patients and consumers. It would not stabilize the insurance market in the short or long term. And the new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, leadership, members
 

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