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NRHA's Response to Omnibus Bill

The House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill today. The legislation includes funding through September 30, 2017 - the end of the fiscal year - and prevents a government shutdown.

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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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NRHA Statement on White House Rural Task Force

The National Rural Health Association applauds President Donald Trump's Executive Order establishing a White House Rural Task Force. He will sign the order today.  "Since the day after the election, NRHA has strongly urged President Trump to make rural health care a priority in the Administration and to build upon the White House Rural Council established under President Obama," said Alan Morgan, NRHA CEO. "President Trump is taking the first important step in that...

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NRHA Applauds White House Rural Task Force

With decisive rural victories in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, rural America became a significant factor in the election of President Trump.  In a letter the day after the election, NRHA strongly urged the President-Elect to make rural health care a priority in his administration and to build upon the White House Rural Council established under President Obama.  Later today, in an executive order, President Trump will take the important first step in that direction...

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HHS announces $485 million in grants to states to combat opioid crisis

HHS announces they will provide $485 million in grants to all 50 states. These grants are provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act passed in December and represents the first of two rounds of grants. The grants are provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The first year of funding is being released quickly, whereas the letter from Secretary Price announcing this...

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President Trump Signs Veterans’ Choice Program Extension

President Donald Trump signed legislation to extend the Veterans’ Choice Program, which was set to expire in August. This temporary extension will allow veterans to continue to access timely care in their own communities until the roughly $1 billion in remaining previously appropriated funding is expended.

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NRHA Applauds Introduction of Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) applauds Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for the bipartisan introduction of the Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act. This bill makes great strides in the recruitment of physicians to rural areas and the delivery of vital health care services in rural America.

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NRHA Applauds Introduction of Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) applauds Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Reps.Tom Reed (R-NY) and Peter Welch (D-VT) for introducing the Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017 (S. 872, H.R. 1955). This important bipartisan bill will improve access to care in rural areas by permanently addressing the Medicare Dependent Hospital and Low Volume Adjustment rural Medicare programs that expire October 1, 2017.

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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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Senate votes to extend Veterans' Choice Program

The Senate voted to extend the Veterans’ Choice Program, which was set to expire in August. The bill now heads to the House for a vote. The Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act is a temporary extension to allow veterans to continue to access timely care in their own communities until the roughly $1 billion in remaining previously appropriated funding is expended.

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