Throughout the year, the AHA comments on a vast number of proposed and interim final rules put forth by the federal regulatory agencies. In addition, AHA communicates with federal legislators to convey the hospital field's position on potential legislative changes that would impact patients and patient care. Below are the most recent letters from the AHA to these bodies.


Mar 10, 2021
AHA's comment on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights’ notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on “Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement.”
Mar 4, 2021
In a letter to Senators Patty Murray and Richard Burr, AHA expresses support for the nomination of Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. as the Surgeon General of the United States.
Mar 4, 2021
In a letter to Senators Kaine, Young, Reed and Cassidy, AHA expresses support for the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act.
Mar 2, 2021
AHA, Other Health Care Provider Groups Urge Senate to include in legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic additional funding to counter sequester cuts to Medicare providers. This funding would allow for continued support of providers' COVID-19-related lost revenues, as well as additional expenses due to activities such as purchasing supplies and equipment, standing up emergency testing centers and the construction and retrofitting of facilities. As you know, the Medicare sequester relief is scheduled to end March 31.
Mar 2, 2021
AHA voices support for the National Coronavirus Commission Act (S. 412), legislation that would create a national commission to examine lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how to improve public health readiness.
Mar 1, 2021
AHA letter to Senators Tim Scott and Brian Schatz expressing support for the Telehealth Modernization Act (S.368).
Feb 25, 2021
The AHA along with eight other health organizations urge Congress to provide additional funding for health care providers in the current reconciliation package.
Feb 22, 2021
AHA urges the Department of Health and Human Services to make the process for hospitals to report data to the HHS TeleTracking COVID-19 Portal and other platforms as efficient, transparent and valuable as possible.
Feb 19, 2021
AHA letter to Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Roy Blunt expressing support of their legislation, the Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment (TREAT) Act.
Feb 18, 2021
AHA letter to Senators Senator Patty Murray and Richard Burr expressing support for the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.