Legislative

Feb 22, 2018
Thirty-five state and regional hospital associations today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reverse a district court decision and grant a preliminary injunction to stop a nearly 30% Medicare payment reduction for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program…
Feb 20, 2018
Responding to a request from Senate Finance Committee leaders for policy recommendations to address the opioid epidemic, AHA urged the committee Friday to preserve health insurance coverage through the exchanges and Medicaid, which provide substance use disorder treatment benefits for a substantial…
Feb 9, 2018
The logjam broke this week when Congress passed a spending bill that included many important provisions that benefit the patients and communities we are privileged to serve each day. Importantly, the bill delays for two years cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments, which are…
Jan 10, 2018
President Trump today issued an executive order directing federal agencies to “use all viable tools to accelerate the deployment and adoption of affordable, reliable, modern high-speed broadband connectivity in rural America,” including health care facilities. Among other actions, the order calls…
Jan 9, 2018
The American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and America's Essential Hospitals today formally notified the court of their intent to appeal the district court’s Dec. 29 decision dismissing the groups’ lawsuit that sought to prevent Medicare payment cuts for many…
Feb 14, 2018
Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) yesterday introduced legislation that would restore tax exemption for advance refunding bonds. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act recently repealed tax-exemption for these bonds, which lower borrowing costs for hospitals and other tax-…
Feb 14, 2018
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing examining the impact of health care consolidation, which featured academic witnesses. In a letter submitted to the committee, AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels said, “If there was ever any…
Feb 14, 2018
The House Ways and Means Committee today held a hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services’ fiscal year 2019 budget request, at which HHS Secretary Alex Azar testified. The non-binding budget request proposes hundreds of billions of dollars in reductions to Medicare and Medicaid over 10…
Feb 12, 2018
President Trump today submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year 2019. The budget request, which is not binding, proposes hundreds of billions of dollars in reductions to Medicare and Medicaid over 10 years. “America’s hospitals and health systems believe that the federal budget…
Feb 12, 2018
A U.S. District Court in Missouri Friday permanently barred the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from enforcing in Missouri a 2017 final rule and two Frequently Asked Questions documents that included private insurance and Medicare payments in calculating the Medicaid shortfall…