Working for You in Washington

Highlights from AHA’s recent advocacy efforts on behalf of America’s hospitals

April 2021

On the Hill

Legislation Provided Essential COVID-19 Relief in 2020

  • $178 billion in provider relief funds
  • $85 billion in accelerated and advance payments
  • $6.7 billion in Medicare sequester cuts prevented from May 2020 to March 2021
  • $12 billion in savings from elimination of Medicaid DSH cuts and delay in the start of DSH cuts for two years
  • $2.1 billion for MS-DRG Add-on payment
  • 6.2% increase in Medicaid matching funds for states
  • More than $2.5 billion for Paycheck Protection Program in potentially forgivable loans

In 2021 Congress and the Administration Provided Additional Support

  • $8.5 billion for rural health care providers
  • $70 billion for COVID-19 vaccine, testing and workforce efforts
  • $10 billion for manufacturing and procurement of COVID-19 related supplies and equipment
  • $9.1 billion in public health workforce support •
  • $4.25 billion to address mental health and substance use disorders, plus millions more for addressing behavioral health disorders in the health care workforce and for pediatric mental health
  • Expanded postpartum health coverage in Medicaid and Children’s Health insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Incentives for states to expand their Medicaid programs
  • Additional support for Medicaid DSH during the public health emergency
  • Support for Health Insurance subsidies and COBRA
  • Full coverage of vaccines for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries
  • Nearly DOUBLING the rate of Medicare payment for COVID-19 vaccine administration
  • Extension of Medicare sequester cut delay through the end of 2021

In the Agencies

Making It Easier for You to Deliver Care

  • Making COVID-19 tests more accessible
  • Allowing telehealth flexibilities
  • Easing licensure and resident restrictions
  • Allowing flexible care delivery locations
  • Withdrawal of the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability proposed rule – sparing hospitals of cuts estimated at up to $49 billion annually
  • Withdrawal of the “public charge” rule that has contributed to disparities in enrollment in and access to health care coverage among legal immigrants

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