NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

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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Come on Senate - - it's now up to you to fix health reform for rural America

Despite opposition of NRHA and nearly every other provider and patient advocacy group, the House of Representatives today passed the American Health Care Act (which repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act) by a vote of 217 to 213.  Today the House had an opportunity to fix the many issues in the ACA that did not work for the 62 million who live in rural America (lack of plan competition in rural markets, exorbitant premiums, deductibles and co-pays, the co-op collapses, devastating...

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House vote on AHCA expected soon; NRHA calls for Congress to vote NO on bill

The House is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) today. The National Rural Health Association does not support the AHCA and calls on members of Congress to vote no on this legislation.

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Health care bill delayed; House passes bill to avoid government shutdown

The vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was modified this week to include a provision that would allow states to waive essential health benefits such as maternity care and emergency room visits, has been delayed until next week at the earliest.

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3 Fixes Needed in any Modification to the ACA

The House Rules Committee approved along party lines an amendment to the American Health Care Act that would set up a federal insurance pool for patients with serious or pre-existing conditions to lower premiums for healthier patients.

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Congress listened to Rural America

House leadership has canceled a planned vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It is not known when, or if, the vote may be rescheduled. Congress is listening to the rural voice and many members of Congress have mentioned NRHA’s opposition to the bill during the floor debate. NRHA is pleased Congress heard the rural voice and withdrew the AHCA.

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House vote on AHCA expected today; NRHA calls for Congress to vote NO on bill

The U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is scheduled for later today. This comes a day after House leadership cancelled a planned vote for last night. The House Rules Committee met earlier today to discuss the bill before it heads to the floor later this afternoon.

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House vote on AHCA delayed; NRHA calls for Congress to vote NO on bill

House leadership has canceled a planned vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It is not known when the vote may be rescheduled, but reports say it could be as early as tomorrow.  NRHA continues to meet with key members of the House and Senate to share concerns on the AHCA and to encourage amendments that are essential for any health care reform to work in rural America.

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House leadership releases changes to AHCA

House Republican leadership released changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in hopes to garner more support for the bill before Thursday’s vote.The changes come after many Republicans in the House and Senate have been vocal in their criticism of the bill. Conservatives believe the bill doesn’t go far enough to undo Medicaid expansion and other mandates created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More moderate Republicans are concerned by the CBO’s report that...

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When will Congress finally listen to rural Americans?

The National Rural Health Association supports expansion of insurance coverage, covering individuals with pre-existing conditions and all of the pro-patient provisions in the Affordable Care Act.  We are fighting to protect each of those provisions.

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