Federal Budget

Many aspects of the federal budget affect how Massachusetts hospitals, health systems and other care providers are reimbursed for care provided to patients insured by Medicare or Medicaid, or who qualify for other public health assistance from the federal government. MHA works with our congressional delegation and others to secure the best possible federal funding options for Massachusetts hospitals and other care providers. 
The U.S. House passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill last Thursday while the U.S. Senate continued work on its own tax cut proposal.
Congressional focus on a tax cut package has moved forward quickly following the initial release last week by the House Ways and Means Committee.
MHA supports SB499/HB536 which seeks to guarantee women access to preventive health care, including contraception coverage, without co-pays. MHA strongly supports HB502, which requires MassHealth, its contractors, and all private insurers to adequa
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
The U.S. Senate Republican leadership was reported to be putting its rewrite of its healthcare reform bill back on the fast track.
One aspect of the opioid crisis that is affecting the hospital community specifically involves patients caught so firmly in the grip of substance use disorder.
06.05.2017  | Correction
Last week’s Monday Report incorrectly identified the interim director of Health Care For All.
The benefits of funding from the National Institutes of Health run from seeding the research that helps cure disease to strengthening the national life sciences sector.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on May 24 issued its analysis of the Republican-drafted American Health Care Act (AHCA) H.R. 1628, which the U.S. House had passed on May 4.
Amy Rosenthal has been named executive director of Health Care for All, effective June 26.
The Massachusetts Senate wrapped up its deliberation on more than 1,000 proposed amendments to its FY2018 budget proposal on Thursday night.
On Tuesday the Trump Administration issued its FY2018 budget proposal that would slash programs covering low-income adults and children, as well as programs funding medical research.

Resources

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.