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Alexander-Murray ACA agreement still falls short for rural America

The Affordable Care Act insurance markets are broken in rural America. Forty-one percent of rural marketplace enrollees have only a single option of insurer. Seventy percent of the counties where big insurers have pulled out of have been rural counties. This lack of competition in the marketplace means higher premiums. Rural residents average per month cost exceeds urban ($569.34 for small town rural vs. $415.85 for metropolitan). Despite these troubling numbers, the recent bipartisan...

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Health Care Reform Update

The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) does not appear to be moving forward. As of last night, four Republican senators - Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kansas), Rand Paul (Kentucky) and Susan Collins (Maine) - publicly stated they would oppose the revised version of the BCRA, leaving the bill short of the 50 votes required to proceed.

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New Senate Health Care Bill, Same Problems for Rural

The Senate released their revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) today. While the National Rural Health Association is pleased the bill includes an additional $100 billion to help low-income Americans buy coverage and to combat the opioid epidemic, we are disappointed that the BCRA still falls woefully short in making health care affordable and accessible to rural Americans. The bill maintains some of the provisions that led to NRHA's...

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Senate delays health care vote; NRHA urges no vote on bill

The Senate has delayed a vote until after the July 4th recess on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), the Senate version of the health care reform bill passed by the House. The National Rural Health Association urges the Senate to vote no on the BCRA.

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3 Amendments Needed in Health Care Reform

The National Rural Health Association is concerned that the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 falls woefully short in making health care affordable and accessible to rural Americans. The Better Care Reconciliation Act will hurt vulnerable populations in rural Americans, leaving millions of the sickest, most underserved populations in our nation without coverage, and further escalating the rural hospital closure crisis.

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The Senate Health Care Reform Bill and Rural America

The National Rural Health Association is disappointed the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the recently released Senate version of the House passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), did not address NRHA's concerns with the AHCA nor shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Neither of the bills address the loss of access to care in rural America or include the three reforms that are needed to remedy the state of rural health in America.

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Senate releases health care reform bill

The Senate released their version of the House passed American Health Care Act entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The text of the bill can be found here. While the bill appears to have some changes from the House version, the bill maintains some of the provisions that led to NRHA's opposition. NRHA is disappointed that the bill includes deep Medicaid cuts that change the program from an open-ended federal commitment to a capped federal payment that limits...

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NRHA to Senate: Vote No on the American Health Care Act

The National Rural Health Association urges the Senate to protect rural Americans’ access to health care and to vote no on the American Health Care Act (AHCA).NRHA does not support the AHCA and has called on members of Congress to vote no on this legislation. While many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not working in rural America, the AHCA does not address the problems and instead provides coverage for fewer rural Americans leading to poorer rural health outcomes and an...

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Recess Tips & Rural Health Care Talking Points

Your Senators and Representatives are back in the district and many are holding town halls. Take advantage of the Congressional recess by reaching out to your elected official to discuss rural health issues that are important to you.

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CBO released estimate of the impact of the American Health Care Act

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released an analysis, also know as a score, of the American Health Care Act passed earlier this month by the House and currently under consideration in the Senate. CBO estimates this bill will result in 23 million fewer people with health insurance over 10 years and would reduce the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years, mainly a result of cuts to the Medicaid program.

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