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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

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

Apply for 2018 AHA NOVA Award

By AHA STAT Staff
November 1, 2017

As hospitals continue to seek new ways to improve the health of their communities, it’s more important than ever for them to partner with other organizations. The AHA NOVA Award recognizes those innovative collaborations in which hospitals are engaged to bring better health to the populations they serve.

AHA NOVA Award winners address a wide range of important health initiatives, from developing culturally sensitive outreach and education programs for medically underserved... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, access, awards, leadership

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

Let's get more Americans covered

By AHA STAT Staff
October 5, 2017

America’s hospitals have long helped connect consumers with coverage and are committed to continuing to do so when open enrollment begins Nov. 1 for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplaces.

More than 20 million Americans have gained coverage over the past three years through a combination of Medicaid expansion and enrollment in private market coverage through the marketplace exchanges.

We need your help in spreading awareness about the importance of coverage and getting as many... read more

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

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

Congress: Take Action to Stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces

September 13, 2017

BY NANCY HOWELL AGEE

What if the health coverage you need is priced out of reach?  Do you forego care knowing that you can’t afford your deductible? Or do you see the doctor knowing that you may not be able to pay your co-pay?

More than half of individuals who buy their insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplaces – 7 million people – could face that predicament if they didn’t have access to the cost sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. CSRs help consumers cover their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

Protect 340B and Preserve the Safety Net

By AHA STAT Staff
August 24, 2017

The panel that advises the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on hospital outpatient payments sent a clear signal to the agency this week: Don’t shortchange patients’ access to vital pharmaceuticals by cutting the 340B Drug Pricing Program. CMS’s Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment responded to concerns raised by the AHA and hospital witnesses by calling on the agency to shelve a proposal that would drastically reduce funding for the 340B program in 2018.

Created... read more

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

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