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.

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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NRHA to Congress: Vote no on American Health Care Act

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday evening on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The National Rural Health Association urges members of Congress to vote no on AHCA. The health bill does nothing to improve the health care crisis in rural America, and will lead to poorer rural health outcomes, more uninsured and an increase in the rural hospital closure crisis.

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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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NRHA's Response to President Trump’s Budget

The National Rural Health Association is disappointed that President Trump’s budget calls for a nearly 18 percent, or $15.1 billion, cut to the Department of Health and Human Services.The cuts include funding to the National Institutes of Health, which would decrease by $5.8 billion, and to health professions and nurse training programs, which would decrease by $403 million.

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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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CBO estimate released for American Health Care Act

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Commission on Taxation (JCT) released a score of the American Health Care Act, outlining the impacts on the budget and the number of uninsured Americans. The bill would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the 2017-2026 period from reductions in Medicaid and the changes to the ACA subsidies which is offset by a number of tax cuts including hospital Insurance payroll tax rate for high-income taxpayers and annual fees imposed on health...

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Update on the American Health Care Act

The House Ways and Means Committee completed their protracted markup of the tax provisions of the American Health Care Act around 4:30 a.m. passing the bill out of committee along party lines. Having already debated the bill and a string of over 100 Democratic amendments for over 24 hours, the marathon session continues in the Energy and Commerce Committee. After both committees complete their markup the bill is expected to move next week to the House Budget Committee before making it to the...

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House unveils plan to replace the Affordable Care Act

The Ways and Means and the Energy and Commerce Committees released the American Health Care Act, legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Both Committees have scheduled a markup of their legislation tomorrow morning. The bill was released without a Congressional Budget Office score.

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Five Reasons the Trump Administration Must “Go Big” on Rural Health

Rural health care should obviously be a focus for the new Administration. In his first address to Congress, President Trump called on Congress to work together “to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care.”The National Rural Health Association urges the Administration and Congress to make health care work in rural America.

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