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Your Annual Membership Meeting

By AHA STAT Staff
March 28, 2017

The AHA’s advocacy agenda and leadership resources are designed to help you manage the many issues that are important to you now, and will be increasingly important down the road.

Our advocacy agenda is rooted in the challenges you face every day in providing quality care to your patients. It takes center stage at the AHA’s Annual Membership Meeting, May 7-10 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s theme, “Advancing Health in America,” highlights how hospitals and health systems are... read more

Tags: advocacy, leadership, members

Call to Action

By Rick Pollack
March 17, 2017

The American Health Care Act – a bill that would dramatically increase the number of Americans without health care coverage is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Thursday. Now is the time for America’s hospitals and health systems to weigh in, so it is urgent for you to tell your legislators that they must not support this bill in its current form. We believe that any changes to health care policy must be guided by ensuring that the greatest number of Americans possible are... read more

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

Coverage is Key

By Rick Pollack
March 10, 2017

This week, House Republicans unveiled a bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. While we continue to work with lawmakers on advancing our health care system, we cannot support this bill in its current form. Our primary concern for health reform has always been maintaining coverage. It is vital that the tens of millions of Americans who have gained coverage through the ACA not be left behind. So far, it’s unclear how many may lose coverage under this new... read more

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

With Plans Taking Shape, Now is the Time to Make Your Voice Heard

By Rick Pollack
February 17, 2017

While Congress passed a budget resolution last month “unlocking” the reconciliation process to repeal and replace or repair the Affordable Care Act, the January 27 deadline for the committees of jurisdiction to develop substantive legislation has come and gone. That’s why the options outlined yesterday by House Republican leaders really represent the first step in their efforts to develop consensus within the party on next steps and what potential legislation could look like. The ... read more

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

Telling the hospital story

February 9, 2017

With the AHA as a founding member, the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care began almost 17 years ago as a major communications initiative of hospitals, national, state, regional and metropolitan hospital associations and businesses. It’s dedicated to telling the hospital story and helping policymakers and the public understand why we must protect hospitals from further burdens and funding cuts.

Initially a vehicle exclusively for television and print advertising, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

Inauguration Day and the Future of Health Care

By Rick Pollack
January 19, 2017

Inauguration Day ushers in a new era of change in Washington. Republicans and Democrats will assemble together to watch Donald Trump take the oath of office, and to celebrate the peaceful passing of power that is a hallmark of our democracy. Meanwhile, across America, health care needs don’t take a day off. Inauguration Day is still a busy day for the women and men who work at our hospitals and health systems, and I’ve heard from many of you who wonder what the Trump Administration... read more

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

The AHA's Strategic Plan is our roadmap for the future

By Rick Pollack
January 5, 2017

The AHA’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is the result of significant deliberation, study, and hard work by AHA’s Board of Trustees, governance committees, and staff, after much input and guidance from you, our membership. We heard from you and responded with a plan that is designed to provide a quick overview of the forces influencing the field, our shared commitments and a roadmap for getting there during this time of transformation.

 The only constant in our chosen field of health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, governance, leadership, members

Health Care in The Transition

By Rick Pollack
December 9, 2016

Repealing and not replacing the Affordable Care Act would be harmful for patients and the hospitals that serve them. That’s why the AHA recently sent letters to President-elect Trump and Congressional leaders highlighting the results of a new study that details the impact repealing the ACA would have on hospitals, health systems, and the communities they serve. This study, cosponsored by the Federation of American Hospitals and completed by the firm Dobson|DaVanzo, reveals some... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

From Politics to Governance

By Rick Pollack
November 11, 2016

This week millions of Americans exercised their fundamental right to vote and elect our leaders. With the election now behind us, we must turn from politics to governance. Amid the changing political landscape, our priorities remain the same – advancing the transformation of health care, ensuring access to coverage, preserving adequate resources for health care, protecting patient access to care, enhancing the quality of care and patient safety, and making health care more... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

A Call for Flexibility

By Rick Pollack
October 7, 2016

A bipartisan majority of lawmakers have delivered a strong message to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: protect patients’ access to care and provide fair payment and more predictability for hospitals in regulations implementing “site-neutral” payment for new off-campus provider-based outpatient departments. Our thanks to four of our champions on this issue, Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Reps. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Joseph Crowley,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy
 

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