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U.S. House Committee Exercises Oversight of “Skinny” Health Plans

March 15, 2019

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee initiated an oversight investigation into the practices of short-term, limited duration insurance health care plans and insurance brokers. 

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Funding Extension Reintroduced

March 14, 2019

A bipartisan, bicameral group of federal lawmakers today held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act—legislation that would extend and expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic initiative.

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Report about Public Option Signals Problems; Threats to Patient Access to Care and Massive Hospital Funding Cuts

March 12, 2019

Two national hospital groups have released a new report that considers the implications of a policy proposal to make a public health insurance plan fully available on the health exchanges beginning in 2024. 

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Federal Budget Request Proposes Significant Health Program Cuts and Medicaid Policy Changes

March 11, 2019

President' Trumps fiscal year 2020 budget request supports ending HIV transmission and addressing drug pricing. His request also includes major policy proposals impacting Medicare and Medicaid in order to achieve savings.

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New Report Shows Patient Struggle with Drug Costs; Aging Committee Discusses Options to Improve Affordability

March 08, 2019

A new poll details the extent to which Americans are struggling to afford prescription drug medications and the impact of rising drug costs on their care. The poll validates federal policymakers' interest in addressing the issue.

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U.S. House Committee Considers Market Approaches to Lower Consumer Costs and Expand Access

March 06, 2019

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee reviewed a series of legislative proposals aimed at building on the successes of the current market-based approach to providing health care and improving efforts to expand access to coverage and lower consumer costs.

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House Democrats Initiate Policy Conversation about ‘Medicare for All’; Funding for Plan is Not Defined

February 27, 2019

The concept of a single-payer health care system, in which government operates a tax-funded health insurance plan for all residents, has been a mainstay of political health care reform discussions for years. As Democrat Presidential hopefuls define their position relative to single-payer, progressive leaders of the Congressional Caucus advocating for “Medicare for All” introduced a sweeping overhaul of the our existing health care system. The plan would transition all Americans into a government-run, single-payer, universal Medicare program over two years, eliminating private insurance. This legislative proposal also calls for providing global budgets to all health care providers in order to contain costs. Global budgets prospectively set the amount of money that can be spent.

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AHA Principles Set Framework for Surprise Billing Solution; Hospital Groups Offer Support to Federal Leaders

February 21, 2019

The American Hospital Association has developed a set of principles to serve as a guidepost for work with Congress and the Trump Administration to protect patients from surprise billing.

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CMS Creates One Medicaid Team; Striving To Be More Effective

February 20, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is integrating the Consortium for Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations (CMCHO) and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) into one, unified Medicaid team.

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New Resources Provide Updates, Insight into Health Insurance Trends

February 15, 2019

The Commonwealth Fund recently released a survey assessing the extent and quality of coverage for U.S. working-age adults, and an interactive map that lays out states' efforts to access adequate health insurance.

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Newly Introduced Federal Legislation Would Offer Flexibility for Rural Hospitals to Meet the Needs of Rural Communities

February 13, 2019

Two new legislative proposals introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide flexibility for rural providers to appropriately manage the length of stay of patients served by critical access hospitals and better leverage the clinical workforce to provide care to patients in underserved communities.

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AHA Court Filing Calls for Full Restoration of 340B Cuts

February 04, 2019

In a court-ordered brief filed late last week, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and others demanded that hospitals that received payment cuts of almost 30 percent for their 340B prescription drug claims be “made whole.” 

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U.S. Uninsured Rate Rises to Highest Point in Four Years

January 24, 2019

According to findings from data collected as a part of the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, the percentage of U.S. adults without insurance is 13.7 percent, the highest level in more than four years.

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New Report Considers Impact of Drug Prices and Shortages on Hospitals and Patient Care

January 23, 2019

As both Congress and the Administration place a focus on exploring policy options to address rising drug prices, a new report identifies challenges facing hospitals and patients in managing the financial burden of increased spending on prescription drugs, and the threat of disruption in access to care resulting from shortages of critical medications.

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American Hospital Association Names Human Trafficking a Key Focus for 2019 Anti-violence Initiative

January 18, 2019

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative has named human trafficking as a main focus area for 2019

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