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 Health Policy Commission in coming months is scheduled to decide on whether the state’s healthcare cost growth benchmark – currently set at 3.1% – should remain at that level.
In a letter to Congressional leadership last week, a group of hospital associations, including the American Hospital Association, noted that the ACA coverage goals have not been fully achieved – but that DSH cuts remain.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) last week laid out its 2019 public policy agenda.
The new Democratic House was expected to pass a rules package that includes a provision allowing it to intervene in a federal lawsuit that is challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
The new 116th Congress was sworn in last Thursday and its leadership contains some Massachusetts members.
State Attorney Generals across the U.S. will be working through the Christmas holiday preparing expedited briefs supporting the Affordable Care Act.
Now that Democrats have regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal (D) will become chairman of the powerful Ways & Means Committee.
Nearly a dozen Republican senators introduced legislation to bar health insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions.
Last Monday, the Trump Administration released its FY2019 budget proposal.
A new healthcare policy/advocacy group – United States of Care – launched last week.
In Washington, the Senate returned last week and the House follows this week.
The House and Senate tax bills now moving to conference committee each contain provisions that are of concern to hospitals.
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.
The U.S. House on Friday passed legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years.
A key Senate Republican, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) worked this week to show President Donald Trump that the bill Alexander crafted with Democrat Patty Murray (D-Wash.) helps consumers – not insurers – by funding cost-sharing reductions (CSR).
Statement from Lynn Nicholas, MHA President & CEO, on the Trump administration’s federal insurance changes
Statement from Lynn Nicholas, MHA President & CEO, on AG Maura Healey joining CSR lawsuit against the Trump administration.
Two big priorities for the Massachusetts healthcare community – preserving the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and stalling Medicaid cuts to disproportionate share hospitals – were helped this week by Congressional action.
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
MHA is concerned about federal Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding provided to states to support those hospitals that cover a large percentage of Medicaid recipients.

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.