Access & Health Coverage

Jun 19, 2018
The Department of Labor today released a final rule that modifies the definition of “employer” under federal law such that more individuals, including sole proprietors, are eligible to participate in association health plans based on geography or industry. DOL’s Employee Benefits Security…
Jun 19, 2018
A bipartisan group of governors yesterday urged the administration to reverse its decision to no longer defend in federal court the Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. “The administration’s disappointing decision to no longer defend this provision of federal…
Jun 18, 2018
The number of uninsured U.S. children declined by 2.2 million, or 38%, between 2013 and 2016, according to an analysis released last week by the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center. The national uninsured rate among children fell by 2.9 percentage points over the…
Jun 15, 2018
U.S. health care providers could save $9.5 billion annually if commercial health plans fully adopted seven national standards for electronic business transactions, according to the latest annual CAQH Index. Health plans could save an estimated $1.7 billion annually if the standards were fully…
Jun 14, 2018
TEXAS, et al., Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al., Defendants, and CALIFORNIA, et al., Intervenors-Defendants. Case No. 4:18-cv-00167-O  
June 14, 2018 - Brief of the American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, The Catholic Health Association of the United States, and Association of American Medical Colleges as Amici Curiae in Support of Intervenor-Defendants Amici’s members are deeply affected by the Nation’s…
Jun 8, 2018
The Department of Justice yesterday told a federal court that it would no longer defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including ones that require individuals to have health insurance and protect consumers with pre-existing medical conditions. The DOJ filing is in a lawsuit brought by…
Jun 7, 2018
We previously raised concerns about the most recent “The Price Ain’t Right” study by a group of academic economists that attempted to link hospital concentration and price. We went a step further and asked the very experienced team of economists with Charles River Associates to take a…
Jun 6, 2018
The House Ways and Means Committee today held a hearing examining whether consumer-directed health plans, which pair a health savings account with a high-deductible health plan, hold potential to lower costs and expand access to health care. In a statement submitted to the committee, AHA said CDHPs…
May 24, 2018
The AHA is inviting members to become a change agent or health care disruptor—to solve real, complex health care problems and answer the strong demand for innovation in the field now.  We’ve launched the Innovation Challenge to encourage AHA members to explore and rethink new ways to design…