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House leadership has canceled a planned vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It is not known when, or if, the vote may be rescheduled. Congress is listening to the rural voice and many members of Congress have mentioned NRHAs opposition to the bill during the floor debate. NRHA is pleased Congress heard the rural voice and withdrew the AHCA. NRHA continues to meet with key members of the House and Senate to share concerns on the AHCA and health care reform in general to encourage policies that are essential for any health care reform to work in rural America. Many provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not working in rural ...
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This morning the U.S. House of Representatives decided to limit floor debate on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to four hours and to restrict amendments from being offered on the floor. The vote will be called after the debate is finished, which is expected around 4 p.m. The House is well into the floor debate on the bill, but there is still time before the vote to call your members of Congress now and tell them to vote NO on the AHCA. Many provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not working effectively in rural America. Unfortunately, the AHCA does nothing to address these problems and instead provides coverage for fewer rural Americans ...
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The U.S. House of Representatives vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is scheduled for later today. This comes a day after House leadership cancelled a planned vote for last night. The House Rules Committee met earlier today to discuss the bill before it heads to the floor later this afternoon. Republicans can only afford 22 defections for the bill to pass. President Trump has warned members that if the bill fails today, the Administration will move on from health care, leaving the Affordable Care Act in place. NRHA urges members of Congress to protect rural Americans and vote no on the AHCA. The health bill does nothing to improve the health care ...
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House leadership has canceled a planned vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It is not known when the vote may be rescheduled, but reports say it could be as early as tomorrow. NRHA continues to meet with key members of the House and Senate to share concerns on the AHCA and to encourage amendments that are essential for any health care reform to work in rural America. NRHA urges members of Congress to protect rural Americans and vote no on the AHCA. The health bill does nothing to improve the health care crisis in rural America, and will lead to poorer rural health outcomes, more uninsured and an increase in the rural hospital closure crisis. ...
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The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday evening on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The National Rural Health Association urges members of Congress to vote no on AHCA. The health bill does nothing to improve the health care crisis in rural America, and will lead to poorer rural health outcomes, more uninsured and an increase in the rural hospital closure crisis. Though some provisions in the modified AHCA bill improve the base bill, NRHA is concerned that the bill falls woefully short in making health care affordable and accessible to rural Americans. For example, the modified bill contains a decrease in the Medical Expense Deduction ...
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House Republican leadership released changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in hopes to garner more support for the bill before Thursdays vote. The changes come after many Republicans in the House and Senate have been vocal in their criticism of the bill. Conservatives believe the bill doesnt go far enough to undo Medicaid expansion and other mandates created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More moderate Republicans are concerned by the CBOs report that 24 million more people would be uninsured compared to ACA. Though some provisions in the modified AHCA bill improve the base bill, NRHA is concerned that the bill still falls woefully short ...
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The National Rural Health Association is disappointed that President Trumps budget calls for a nearly 18 percent, or $15.1 billion, cut to the Department of Health and Human Services. The cuts include funding to the National Institutes of Health, which would decrease by $5.8 billion, and to health professions and nurse training programs, which would decrease by $403 million. The budget does not provide enough detail to determine how the cuts would affect the rural health safety net, or the budget areas of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy or the State Offices of Rural Health, which are priorities to NRHA. While the budget does not specify which ...
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The National Rural Health Association supports expansion of insurance coverage , covering individuals with pre-existing conditions and all of the pro-patient provisions in the Affordable Care Act. We are fighting to protect each of those provisions. However, Republicans and most Democrats alike agree that parts of the ACA are simply not working. Unfortunately, most of the provisions that arent working are impacting rural Americans. But rather than Congress joining together to address the troubling issues in rural America, we again see a politically-charged and lopsided debate. Enter the American Health Care Act (AHCA) ...
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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Commission on Taxation (JCT) released a score of the American Health Care Act, outlining the impacts on the budget and the number of uninsured Americans. The bill would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the 2017-2026 period from reductions in Medicaid and the changes to the ACA subsidies which is offset by a number of tax cuts including hospital Insurance payroll tax rate for high-income taxpayers and annual fees imposed on health insurers. CBO and JCT estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law. The rate would rise to 21 million in ...
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee completed a markup of the portions of the American Health Care Act within their jurisdiction that lasted 27 hours. The bill was passed out of committee on a party line vote. During the markup a bipartisan discussion in support of rural health care and the need for action to improve access to care in rural America captured the committees attention and included many rural champions including Rep. David McKinley (R-WV1), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1), Rep. Markwayne Mullins (R-OK-2), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA-2), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT-At large). Unfortunately, no amendment was offered to support rural access to care. ...
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The House Ways and Means Committee completed their protracted markup of the tax provisions of the American Health Care Act around 4:30 a.m. passing the bill out of committee along party lines. Having already debated the bill and a string of over 100 Democratic amendments for over 24 hours, the marathon session continues in the Energy and Commerce Committee. After both committees complete their markup the bill is expected to move next week to the House Budget Committee before making it to the House Floor. A Congressional Budget Office score is anticipated before consideration in the House Budget Committee. The National Rural Health Association is concerned ...
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The Ways and Means and the Energy and Commerce Committees released the American Health Care Act, legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Both Committees have scheduled a markup of their legislation tomorrow morning. The bill was released without a Congressional Budget Office score. The National Rural Health Association is concerned about Medicaid provisions included in the bill, and that this legislation does not help the rural hospital closure crisis. Eighty rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and currently one third of rural hospitals are vulnerable to closure. Closures of this magnitude will create a massive national ...
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Rural health care should obviously be a focus for the new Administration. In his first address to Congress, President Trump called on Congress to work together to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care. The National Rural Health Association urges the Administration and Congress to make health care work in rural America. A large policy initiative on rural health care means: 1.) Jobs. In most rural communities, rural health care represents the largest, or second largest, employer in the community. If you are bringing jobs back to the middle class, an ...
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President Donald Trump pledged to move forward on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in his first address to Congress . He called on Democrats and Republicans to work together to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care. He outlined his health care plan would: Ensure Americans with preexisting conditions have access to coverage, and have a stable transition for those currently enrolled in the healthcare exchanges Allow for ability to purchase coverage using tax credits and the expansion of Health Savings Accounts ...
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The National Rural Health Association applauds Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) for introducing S. 455, the Restoring Rural Residencies Act. This important bill will fix an unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act by defining Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) as non-provider settings solely for the purposes of Medicare reimbursements for graduate medical education. This will allow Medicare to reimburse residency programs for the time residents spend at CAHs. This legislation will allow the expansion of rural residency rotations, increase the number of physicians training in rural communities, and encourage more physicians to practice in rural America. ...
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Last night the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) withdrew a pending regulations originally released in August of 2015 that included sweeping changes to the 340B drug program, known as the Mega Guidance. NRHA submitted comments to the proposed mega guidance in September of 2015 expressing multiple concerns with the guidance for rural providers and patients that rely on the 340B program. The withdrawal of this guidance will provide relief to the 1,100 rural hospitals that are part of the 340B program and ensure vulnerable patients have greater access to necessary and affordable medications. NRHA is please the Administration removed these burdensome regulatory ...
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NRHA and 340B health ask that you contact your lawmakers to protect rural hospital access to 340B in the event of an ACA repeal. Both Congressional leadership and President-elect Trump have expressed interest in repealing provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA expanded 340B eligibility to rural hospitalscritical access hospitals, sole community hospitals and rural referral centers. This expansion has allowed many rural hospitals to better serve their communities at a time when far too many rural hospitals are closing. Eighty rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and 673, fully one third of rural hospitals, are at risk of closure. We ...
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Though the Republican establishment is still unsure about the road forward in a Trump Administration, two establishment Republicans are singing the praises of the cabinet pick of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for HHS Secretary. Senate Finance Chairman Orin Hatch and Senate HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander applauded President-elect Donald Trumps choice, saying Price will be crucial in their efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act and reform Medicare and Medicaid and signaling that a Senate confirmation may be smooth. Price, an orthopedic surgeon based in northern Atlanta, has served in the House over a decade and is the point person for crafting legislation ...
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As my year as NRHA President closes out- I think President-elect Trump's advice is good. Every year I purchase my daughter a few Christmas ornaments. Usually a nice Radko or Waterford (we're Irish), and some fun ones representative of her hobbies, and the times. When I picked this out 5 years ago from Macy's annual celebrity ornament line- I never fathomed to think it would become political memorabilia. Life is like that- a surprise around every bend. NRHA is fortunate to have Alan Morgans leadership. Alan and his leadership team, and all of our staff have helped our organization be ready to work with the new administration, and the many new faces we will ...
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