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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

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

Health care champions

By AHA STAT Staff
July 26, 2017

This week’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego gives us the opportunity to honor our hospital and health system champions for their inspiring work.

Bluegrass Care Navigators and the collaboration of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Providence TrinityCare Hospice & Trinity Kids Care and the Providence Institute for Human Caring will be honored with Circle of Life Awards for their innovative programs in palliative and end-of-life care.

California’s... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: awards, 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

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

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

The Clock is Ticking

By Rick Pollack
June 16, 2017

With only two weeks to go until a scheduled July 4 recess, the Senate continues to work on legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. As you know, we’ve urged senators to reject the House-passed American Health Care Act, and focus on protecting health care coverage for Americans.

To amplify our message, the AHA this week joined forces with seven national health care organizations representing hospitals, doctors and patients. Together, we are calling on... read more

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

Three Weeks to Go

By Rick Pollack
June 9, 2017

With three weeks to go until its scheduled July 4 recess, the Senate is focused on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans may lie in the balance.

With three weeks to go, the Senate must decide whether to pass a bill similar to the House-passed American Health Care Act – a bill that would cause millions of people to lose their coverage – or to protect our most vulnerable patients, including children, the... read more

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

CBO scores underlines risk for uninsured

By Rick Pollack
May 26, 2017

The latest Congressional Budget Office estimates on the impact of the American Health Care Act only reinforce our initial deep concerns. We believe coverage must be maintained for vulnerable patients who need it. But the CBO projects that 23 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage in 10 years under the House-passed AHCA.

As we have said, any health reforms Congress considers must be guided by ensuring that millions of people across the country don’t lose their... read more

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

Urge Your Senators to Protect Coverage

By Rick Pollack
May 12, 2017

As you know, America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the American Health Care Act because we believe it will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans. We are particularly concerned about the impact it would have on our most vulnerable citizens – older Americans, children, the disabled, and those with pre-existing conditions such as cancer and chronic conditions.

While it’s unclear what the next steps will be as it relates... read more

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

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