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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

Heading Into the Ninth

By Rick Pollack
July 14, 2017

Last month, we urged the Senate to go back to the drawing board after its original proposal included dramatic cuts to the Medicaid program and the loss of health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans.

If enacted, the Better Care Reconciliation Act would mean real consequences for real people – among them people with chronic conditions such as cancer, individuals with disabilities who need long-term services and support, and the elderly.

Unfortunately, in the latest... read more

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

More grassroots advocacy from the folks back home

By AHA STAT Staff
July 13, 2017

We’ve been sharing with you how many hospitals and health systems are speaking up about congressional Republican proposals to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act – proposals that would undermine care and coverage for millions of vulnerable Americans. Here are two more examples of grassroots action from the folks back home.

In Cleveland, Ohio, University Hospital President and CEO Thomas Zenty III described, first in town-hall styled meetings and later in a... read more

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

From the front lines of health care

By AHA STAT Staff
July 11, 2017

Senators returned to Washington this week to continue debate on legislation that would repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. An estimated 22 million people would lose coverage if the Senate approved the bill as currently drafted.

Key to protecting coverage for millions of Americans is to make sure your Republican senators hear from you – and your entire hospital or health system family. Many of you are doing that – and we’re pleased to continue to share... read more

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

Clock is ticking on BCRA, Coverage for Millions at Risk

By Rick Pollack
July 7, 2017

Next week, the Senate will reconvene in Washington to continue debate on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), legislation that would repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. In just 142 pages, they’re seeking to rewrite how millions of Americans get – or don’t get – health insurance coverage. By 2026, an estimated 22 million people would lose coverage if the bill passes.

Many of America’s hospitals and health systems have joined the fight to protect... read more

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

Keep The Pressure On

By Rick Pollack
June 30, 2017

This Independence Day, as we take time to spend with family and friends, we also celebrate our democracy and the values that our nation holds dear. One of them is the freedom and responsibility we have as citizens to make our voices heard and participate in the shaping of public policy for the future of our country.

As we know, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) hit a roadblock this week, and the Senate has postponed a vote until after Congress’s scheduled July 4... read more

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

Come to the AHA Leadership Summit

By AHA STAT Staff
June 27, 2017

The strategies that are empowering health care leaders to drive the transformation of America’s health care will take center stage July 27-29 at the 25th annual AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

This year’s meeting will explore opportunities for advancing care coordination and quality and patient safety, improving population health, driving value through delivery system innovation, managing risk, leveraging health information technology and data for safer and more effective... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, value-based purchasing, population health, Community health, awards, leadership, members, care coordination

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

Volunteers Working to Combat Violence in Communities

By AHA STAT Staff
June 23, 2017

The commitment to address and work to end violence in our communities and hospitals is a priority for all members of the hospital staff and care teams. Often, our volunteer workforce is on the front lines confronting these incidences of violence.

With summer now upon us, and as temperatures rise, hospitals and health systems are committed to addressing and curbing the summer spike trend in violent crimes. Consider the following from a 2014 Bureau of Justice Statistics report:

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

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