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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

Telehealth is changing care

By AHA STAT Staff
August 3, 2017

The health care world is changing. New technologies are moving the field in new and different directions, all of which is good news for patients.

Take, for example, how hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to care, improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs. We released a report at last week’s AHA Leadership Summit that shows how seven hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to opioid recovery programs, early... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: access, Telehealth, telemedicine

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

A vital safety-net program

By AHA STAT Staff
July 20, 2017

The exorbitant cost of many prescription drugs threatens providers’ ability to provide life-saving medications for millions of Americans.

That is why the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which provides discounts on drugs to some health care providers who serve large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients, is so critical.

Efforts to scale back or eliminate it are the wrong prescription for advancing the health of underserved communities, and vulnerable patients would be the ones... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, access

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
 

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