Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare, and is the landmark federal health reform legislation signed into law in March 2010. Much of the ACA was modeled on Massachusetts’ groundbreaking healthcare reform law of 2006. MHA engages with congressional leaders and their staffs to bring MHA’s and our members’ unique experience and perspective to the fore as the ACA is implemented, assessed and revised.
The latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – through the so called Graham-Cassidy bill – would be, according to analyses from across the political spectrum, devastating to Massachusetts.
This week, the Massachusetts House Congressional delegation sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price urging that the Trump Administration not move forward on proposed cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) f
Governor Charlie Baker testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Thursday, arguing in favor of continuing the cost-sharing reductions that are included in the Affordable Care Act and that help insur
On Sept. 6 and 7, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will host hearings on stabilizing premiums and helping individuals in the individual insurance market for 2018.
If the Trump Administration ends the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reductions that help insurance companies provide lower income people with more affordable plans, premiums for that population would increase 20% in 2018, and the number of uninsu
Early on Friday morning the U.S. Senate voted down the latest effort – termed “skinny repeal” – to dramatically alter the Affordable Care Act.
Another topsy-turvy week in Washington around Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The latest version of the Republican healthcare reform bill that the U.S. Senate leadership released on Thursday would still drastically cut federal Medicaid funding to Massachusetts.
The U.S. Senate Republican leadership was reported to be putting its rewrite of its healthcare reform bill back on the fast track.
Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, a transition of power that promises to once again transform the nation’s healthcare system.
The Health Policy Commission is offering technical assistance at no cost to primary care practices on behavioral health integration (BHI) starting in March 2017.
Recognizing the need to build a “just culture”, the leadership team at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod undertook a multidisciplinary, multi-pronged approach for improvement.
The Massachusetts Public Health Council approved sweeping changes to the Determination of Need (DoN) process – the most wide-ranging revisions in 40-plus years to the program.
MHA President & CEO Lynn Nicholas engaged in a series of meetings with state’s congressional delegation, discussing Trump Administration’s efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker wrote that while a bill the size of the ACA may contain flaws, the health reform legislation has been beneficial to the state.
The state is proposing changes to the MassHealth Managed Care Organization (MCO). About 850,000 MassHealth members today have their coverage through one of six MassHealth MCOs.
MHA President & CEO Lynn Nicholas engaged in a series of meetings with state’s congressional delegation, discussing Trump Administration’s efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.
The Joint Commission has issued a new Medication Management standard relating to antimicrobial stewardship for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and nursing care centers. The new standard became effective January 1.
With payments shifting in healthcare to quality-based methodologies, it is critical for coders to understand coding for risk adjustment.
The New Year is a good time to start thinking on your own or with family about advance care planning.


Click on the links below for easy access to information on important federal healthcare matters and MHA’s advocacy, outreach and other work on these issues.

Both of these include links to members list, committees, and legislation and records.