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The American Hospital Association has chosen Richard Pollack, its longtime lead lobbyist, to succeed Richard Umbdenstock as CEO. Hospital leaders say Pollack is the right pick, even though he never led a hospital or health system.
Congressional Republicans are crowing that the budget blueprint the House and Senate agreed to Thursday night proves they are governing effectively and pursuing fiscal responsibility by cutting spending by more than $5 trillion over a decade and repealing the Affordable Care Act.
State health insurance exchanges were required to be financially self-sustaining by now, but many have struggled to come up with viable funding sources and continue to rely heavily—and inappropriately—on federal grant dollars, according to HHS' inspector general's office.
There are signs of a partisan thaw in Congress that is allowing movement on healthcare legislation in the wake of the recent Medicare physician-payment overhaul. And a sharp uptick in lobbying spending by major healthcare industry groups suggests stakeholders see at least a temporary break in the ice.
Congress should overhaul the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies and scrap the individual and employer mandates, the Conference Board's Committee for Economic Development said in a report issued Thursday.
House and Senate Republicans are likely to agree on a budget that abolishes the healthcare reform law. But the real discussion about 2016 spending will come as another government shutdown looms toward the end of September.
For the first time in nearly three years, more Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act than disapprove of it, according to the latest tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The difference between the opposing views was small and statistically insignificant. But the trend lines seem to indicate growing acceptance of the landmark healthcare law.