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NAUH Urges House to Reject American Health Care Act

The National Association of Urban Hospitals has asked members of the House of Representatives to vote against the American Health Care Act. In a message to all House members, NAUH cited the increase in the number of uninsured the bill would lead to, its inadequate funding for state Medicaid programs, and its failure to rescind past cuts in Medicare payments to pay for the enhanced access to health insurance of recent years.  The letter also warned that all of these factors could lead to a loss of access to care in communities served by the nation’s private, non-profit urban safety-net [&hellip

Temporarily Gone But Not Forgotten

While last week’s withdrawal of the American Health Care Act at least temporarily halted talk of immediate repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, at least one aspect of that proposed legislation, often discussed in the past, is sure to arise in the future as well:  replacing the current manner in which the federal government matches state Medicaid funding with Medicaid per capita limits or Medicaid block grants. In a new issue brief, the Kaiser Family Foundation examines how a switch to per capita limits or block grants might affect low-income seniors served by both Medicare and Medicaid.  Among [&hellip

NAUH Expresses Views on Health Reform Proposal

NAUH does not support the American Health Care Act in its current form, the organization told members of the House of Representatives in a letter it sent yesterday. In its letter, NAUH noted that the recently proposed AHCA would result in millions of Americans, many of them Medicaid beneficiaries and low-income individuals and families, losing their health insurance over the next ten years.  Urban safety-net hospitals serve especially large numbers of these patients. In addition, the bill inadequately indexes future growth in federal Medicaid spending; proposed two years of reduced Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) payments in some states; and [&hellip

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