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Call to Action

By Rick Pollack
June 23, 2017

From the onset of this debate, America’s hospitals and health systems have been guided by a set of key principles that would protect coverage for Americans. Unfortunately, the draft bill under discussion in the Senate to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act moves in the opposite direction, particularly for our most vulnerable patients.

The Senate proposal would trigger deep cuts to the Medicaid program that covers millions of Americans with chronic conditions, such... read more

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

The Clock is Ticking

By Rick Pollack
June 16, 2017

With only two weeks to go until a scheduled July 4 recess, the Senate continues to work on legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. As you know, we’ve urged senators to reject the House-passed American Health Care Act, and focus on protecting health care coverage for Americans.

To amplify our message, the AHA this week joined forces with seven national health care organizations representing hospitals, doctors and patients. Together, we are calling on... read more

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

Three Weeks to Go

By Rick Pollack
June 9, 2017

With three weeks to go until its scheduled July 4 recess, the Senate is focused on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans may lie in the balance.

With three weeks to go, the Senate must decide whether to pass a bill similar to the House-passed American Health Care Act – a bill that would cause millions of people to lose their coverage – or to protect our most vulnerable patients, including children, the... read more

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

Clock is Ticking on AHCA

By Rick Pollack
June 2, 2017

Congress returns to Washington next week, and in the Senate, repeal and replace is the number-one legislative priority. Now is the time for the entire hospital and health system family everywhere to urge their senators to reject the American Health Care Act, already passed by the House. A recent Congressional Budget Office analysis estimates that 23 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage in 10 years under the AHCA.

The clock is ticking: the Senate may vote on... read more

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

CBO scores underlines risk for uninsured

By Rick Pollack
May 26, 2017

The latest Congressional Budget Office estimates on the impact of the American Health Care Act only reinforce our initial deep concerns. We believe coverage must be maintained for vulnerable patients who need it. But the CBO projects that 23 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage in 10 years under the House-passed AHCA.

As we have said, any health reforms Congress considers must be guided by ensuring that millions of people across the country don’t lose their... read more

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

On Guard for Cyber Attacks

By Rick Pollack
May 19, 2017

The recent worldwide ransomware attack proves just how important cybersecurity is for hospitals. While many entities around the world saw their operations temporarily crippled by the attack, thankfully, few U.S. hospitals were successfully breached. That speaks to the tremendous efforts the field has made to improve cybersecurity and build incident response capabilities.

The AHA worked closely with HHS, as well as the White House, the FBI, and the FDA in response to this... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Urge Your Senators to Protect Coverage

By Rick Pollack
May 12, 2017

As you know, America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the American Health Care Act because we believe it will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans. We are particularly concerned about the impact it would have on our most vulnerable citizens – older Americans, children, the disabled, and those with pre-existing conditions such as cancer and chronic conditions.

While it’s unclear what the next steps will be as it relates... read more

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

Fight to Protect Coverage Continues

By Rick Pollack
May 5, 2017

America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the American Health Care Act. This bill will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans.

Despite last-minute changes, the proposal eliminates essential protections for older and sicker patients, including those with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer patients and the chronically ill. It does little to help the 24 million Americans who would be left without coverage following... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, Medicaid, access, members

Make Your Voice Heard Now

By Rick Pollack
April 28, 2017

Congress returned this week from its spring break—and so did the American Health Care Act. The latest version of the AHCA is being changed to include an amendment authored by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and endorsed by the conservative House Freedom Caucus. This version of the AHCA continues to put health coverage in jeopardy for many Americans. Our top concern is what this change could mean for older and sicker patients, including those with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer... read more

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

Stabilize the Exchanges

By Rick Pollack
April 21, 2017

Congress returns to Washington next week with some important decisions to make in a short time. One of their immediate priorities should be stabilizing the Health Insurance Marketplaces to protect the millions of Americans who rely on them for health coverage. Policymakers should remove uncertainty about continued funding for cost-sharing reductions. This funding helps cover out-of-pocket costs for lower-income people who purchase coverage through the exchanges. Nearly 60% of... read more

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

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