AHA Statement on HHS Response to Change Healthcare Cyberattack

Rick Pollack
President and CEO
American Hospital Association

March 5, 2024

We cannot say this more clearly – the Change Healthcare cyberattack is the most significant and consequential incident of its kind against the U.S. health care system in history. For nearly two weeks, this attack has made it harder for hospitals to provide patient care, fill prescriptions, submit insurance claims, and receive payment for the essential health care services they provide.

The magnitude of this moment deserves the same level of urgency and leadership our government has deployed to any national event of this scale before it. The measures announced today do not do that and are not an adequate whole of government response.

Rest assured, the AHA will continue to work with Congress on meaningful solutions to preserve 24/7 access to care. If limitations exist for an appropriate government response, it is incumbent upon the executive branch to propose the necessary legislation and authorities to ensure the provider network in this nation is not further compromised.  


Contact:        Colin Milligan, cmilligan@aha.org
                     Colleen Kincaid, ckincaid@aha.org