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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

Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress

By Rick Pollack
September 15, 2017

Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals and health systems are still at stake as we approach the end of the federal fiscal year.

Many key policy issues that are vital to ensuring that patients continue to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy, Medicaid

There to Care

By Rick Pollack
September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma, the second historic storm to threaten the U.S. in the past three weeks, is churning its way through the Caribbean toward Florida, where it is expected to make landfall this weekend. Puerto Rico already has weathered this powerful storm. Our hopes and prayers are with the people of Florida, Puerto Rico, and the southeast region as they endure this tremendous storm and begin to rebuild.

Irma and its predecessor Harvey are powerful reminders of why emergency... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: preparedness

Beyond the Four Walls

By Rick Pollack
August 25, 2017

Helping patients overcome socioeconomic barriers to better health by building partnerships that improve the community’s health will be critical to hospitals’ and health systems’ ability to continue to carry the promise of help, hope and healing. The good news is how population health strategies and initiatives can change many lives for the better.

 With that in mind, the AHA is offering the field a series of guides on how hospitals and health systems can address the social... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, Behavioral health

AHA Recognizes Those at the Forefront

By Rick Pollack
August 18, 2017

The AHA is eager to recognize excellence among America’s hospitals and health systems. We appreciate the work you do to help patients, and recognizing that work helps foster success across the field. At last month’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego, we presented awards to more formally acknowledge the great work going on in areas ranging from palliative care to community engagement.

For example, the Circle of Life Award was presented to innovative and effective programs that... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tag: awards

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

By Rick Pollack
August 11, 2017

More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled his intention to declare it a national emergency.

Hospitals and health systems serve on the front lines in this crisis every day. We’re using many strategies to help: implementing... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

Full Plate Ahead - Washington's To-Do List

By Rick Pollack
August 5, 2017

Senators have left Washington for their home states for a month-long recess. When Congress returns after Labor Day, they will return to a full plate of must-do issues, including funding the government, extending the moratorium on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts, extending certain expiring Medicare payment provisions for hospital services, reauthorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, raising the debt ceiling, and tax reform. And there may... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

Let's Move Forward Together

By Rick Pollack
July 28, 2017

In a dramatic early morning vote, after months of debate in both houses of Congress, today the Senate voted down its latest attempt to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.

From the outset of this process, we have remained consistent in our call for the protection of coverage, the protection of the Medicaid program, and the stabilization of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Our commitment to fighting for these critical objectives remains unchanged.

The Senate vote is not a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

It's Not Over

By Rick Pollack
July 21, 2017

This was a dramatic week for the Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

Revised bills were introduced, each with an updated CBO score. There were last-minute meetings to wrangle votes, and surprise announcements from senators bucking their party’s leaders. There might even be another twist by the time you finish reading this.

The headlines keep changing, but the bottom line is the same. Whatever version of repeal and replace – or repeal without... read more

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

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