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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

Keep Fighting to Protect Coverage

By Rick Pollack
April 14, 2017

Congress may be in recess, with members back home in their states and districts – but the push to revive the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is still very real. House Republicans and the White House continue to work to revise the bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act and secure enough votes for passage. Negotiations are serious – and your voice remains critical in this debate. The AHCA, as originally devised, would dramatically increase the number of Americans... read more

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

Join the AHA, IFD in celebrating National Minority Health Month

April 3, 2017

How much progress is your hospital making toward ensuring equitable care for all persons in every community served? April is a good time to ask because it’s National Minority Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations.

Increasing awareness is critical to catalyzing action, and action is at the heart of the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. Nearly 1,500 hospitals and health... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, equity, access, 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

Preserving Medicaid is a Priority

By Rick Pollack
February 24, 2017

When Congress returns next week, Republican leaders intend on advancing legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act – legislation which would currently include the possible redesign of the Medicaid program. Medicaid today provides coverage to more than 70 million children and poor, disabled or elderly Americans. Whatever changes Congress may make, ensuring that all of Medicaid’s participants retain access to care is critically important. We’re very concerned about... read more

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

Black History Month and health equity

February 24, 2017

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Month is the perfect time to ask, “What progress is your hospital making in equity of care? What progress are you making in support of the idea that a person’s fate in life should not be predetermined by the color of their skin?” 

The AHA’s #123forEquity campaign is critically important to the effort to end health care disparities and advance... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity, 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

Ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

February 7, 2017

What are vulnerable communities? They’re communities in rural and inner-city America that lack access to primary care or are hobbled by a poor economy, high rates of uninsured and low health literacy, among other things.

For the millions of Americans who live in them, the local hospital is an important – and often only – source of care. It provides prevention and wellness services, and community out­reach. The local hospital works to advance population health and well-being. It... read more

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

Come to the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

January 24, 2017

Rural hospitals are their community’s anchor. By providing 24/7 care, essential public services and access to primary care for the 57 million people that live in rural America, these hospitals are vitally important. But the challenges they face have never been bigger.

They include the move to value-based reimbursement, declining populations; aging infrastructure and difficulties in recruiting medical staff to serve in small towns.

How rural hospitals can meet those challenges as... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: rural, access, leadership



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