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The bill, which would improve gun safety and expand access to mental health services, offers hope to health care workers, who face increased personal risk as caregivers often on the front lines of workplace violence.

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We are concerned about how today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision might affect access to care and maternal health, especially among low-income and marginalized people, and the ability of providers to deliver care without fear of possible criminalization.

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We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreed with us that the Department of Health and Human Services’ outpatient payment cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program were unlawful.

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We mourn the terrible loss of life in Uvalde, Texas, and join others in the health care community in an urgent call for action to improve gun safety and reduce gun violence as necessary measures to protect public health.

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We welcome the focus on improving equity in today’s FY 2023 IPPS proposed rule, including in proposals related to climate change and maternal health.

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Egwim brings extensive experience to his new role, and we look forward to working with him to protect the access to affordable drugs the 340B Drug Pricing Program creates for low-income patients.

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Essential hospitals continue to confront extreme labor costs and staff shortages and need targeted relief from remaining fund dollars and new sources of support.

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America’s Essential Hospitals has selected Jason Pray, a health care policy professional with more than 24 years of experience in Washington, D.C., as its next vice president of legislative affairs.

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A new learning collaborative, funded by CVS Health Foundation, and guided by Essential Hospitals Institute will support ongoing work at 12 essential hospitals to reduce morbidity and mortality among Black pregnant and birthing patients and foster sharing of results and best practices.

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Over 12 months, the project will provide technical support to the grant recipients and collect data on how their innovations affect cardiovascular disease patients in their communities.

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While essential hospitals support the bill's goals to expand health care coverage and strengthen the health care workforce, they cannot accept the damaging cuts it would make to funding for hospitals that care for low-income patients and underserved communities.

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We support the Biden administration’s vaccination goals, including for health care workers as they lead our nation’s response to COVID-19. The interim final rule from CMS aligns with our commitment to vaccination as the best way to protect patients and keep caregivers safe.

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By maintaining harmful cuts to outpatient drug payments for hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and for services at hospital outpatient clinics, the 2022 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule jeopardizes safety net care.

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We thank the Biden Administration for strongly supporting the 340B Drug Pricing Program in its plan to tackle high drug prices, and we urge policymakers to dismantle barriers to affordable drugs that now threaten the program.

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America’s Essential Hospitals will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

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Health systems representing 177 member hospitals have pledged to fight health care disparities by ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

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The illustrated guide details quality, population health, and COVID-19 projects recognized for excellence and innovation in the annual Gage Awards program.

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Leon Haley Jr., MD, MHSA, was a tireless advocate for patients and essential hospitals, and he contributed in countless ways to the mission and work of America’s Essential Hospitals and Essential Hospitals Institute.

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With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, spiking infection rates, and persistent gaps in vaccination that put millions of people at risk nationally, we urge our member hospitals to require vaccination for their employees, for their protection and the safety of patients.

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America's Essential Hospitals expresses its disappointment with the administration's decisions to stand by a bad policy on Part B drug payments and to continue damaging cuts to outpatient care.

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The partnership with Voyce aligns with America’s Essential Hospitals’ long-standing and ongoing focus on social determinants of health, such as language and health literacy.

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New leaders for America’s Essential Hospitals and its research, education, and dissemination arm, Essential Hospitals Institute, today began their roles.

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The project, supported by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, will fund up to three member hospitals to implement strategies to reduce cardiovascular disease disparities, provide technical assistance to grantees, and disseminate findings and lessons learned to hospital systems nationwide.

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America’s Essential Hospitals, whose more than 300 members care for low-income and other marginalized people, today honored 13 member hospitals for outstanding work to improve health care quality and population health and to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a decisive victory for patients, hospitals, and all who believe no one, especially people of limited financial means, should go without access to affordable health care.

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We are disappointed by the U.S. District Court opinion denying the federal government’s motion to dismiss AstraZeneca’s challenge of 340B requirements.

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We welcome the administration’s desire to focus on social determinants of health, such as housing and education, and reduce health disparities. But we are disappointed to see the budget include policies from the previous administration that would undermine the value of the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Brooks-LaSure takes the reins at CMS at a critical juncture for our nation, as COVID-19 and its lingering economic effects make access to health care coverage more important than ever. Her knowledge of, and experience with, Medicaid and Medicare make her well suited to meet these challenges.

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In letters to manufacturers, HHS makes a clear and forceful statement about the manufacturers’ illegal limits on access to 340B Drug Pricing Program discounts.

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The new data on essential hospitals comes in the association’s annual snapshot of its members, Essential Data: Our Hospitals, Our Patients.

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We applaud the president's focus on equity and building a strong social safety net and his success combating COVID-19, and we urge the administration to ensure ongoing and sustainable support for Medicaid and hospitals' infrastructure needs.

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The association is pleased to see policy proposals to improve health care equity in graduate medical education and value-based payment programs and to withdraw burdensome Medicare Advantage data collection requirements.

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We applaud Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and his colleagues for recognizing the need to confront the influence of racism on the social determinants of health. Their resolution is part of the solution to achieving greater health equity.

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As we reflect on today’s events, we look ahead to the opportunity to come together as a nation, acknowledge the structural and systemic challenges we still face, and continue the hard but necessary work of building a more just and equitable society.

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Extending the Medicare sequester moratorium through the end of this year provides much-needed relief for essential hospitals, which continue to face heavy financial pressure from their front-line response to COVID-19, the association says.

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America's Essential Hospitals thanks the Biden administration and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky for taking a strong stand on racism as a serious public health threat and for seeking to direct more investments at social determinants of health and mitigating health care disparities.

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Extending the Medicare sequester moratorium through year's end and waiving the PAYGO cut later this year would provide needed relief for hospitals as they continue to face financial and resource constraints due to COVID-19.

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Xavier Becerra brings to the Department of Health and Human Services a strong record of accomplishments as a champion for health care coverage and equity. We welcome his experience and commitment to health care access as we continue the fight against COVID-19.

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With the roll back of the rule, we must rebuild trust in immigrant communities through education and outreach to overcome fears that access to needed health care services could come at the cost of remaining in this country.

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Our members thank Congress and the Biden administration for making timely investments in the American Rescue Plan Act. As the fight against COVID-19 continues, we will continue to work with Congress to secure further support for essential hospitals in future legislation.

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The nominee’s deep policy expertise in Medicaid and Medicare and her role in advancing coverage under the Affordable Care Act would bring valuable skills and leadership to CMS.

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The association today kicked off a celebration of its founding in 1981 as the National Association of Public Hospitals. It will mark the anniversary online with storytelling by people prominent in the association’s history, an interactive timeline, a video tribute, and other activities this year.

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The work, part of a Kresge Foundation–supported project, follows a 2019 climate resiliency report from Essential Hospitals Institute, the association’s research entity.

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We thank President Joe Biden for his compassionate decision to ensure legal immigrants can participate in all the opportunities our country offers, including access to affordable health care for themselves and their families.

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America’s Essential Hospitals applauds President Biden’s swift pledge to fight the COVID-19 pandemic through a national strategy and executive orders.

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Due to the events of Jan. 6 and discord surrounding the November elections, we have suspended contributions from our Essential Hospitals Political Action Committee to members of Congress who voted against certifying the results of a free and fair election.

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We thank the administration for recognizing the need to better analyze the proposed regulation’s potential effects. We cannot afford unintended consequences that harm the safety net — especially now, as we continue to battle COVID-19.

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While the assault on the U.S. Capitol this week shocks and saddens us, it also deepens our resolve to have a voice in the hard work ahead to heal our nation and restore democratic norms.

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The General Counsel's advisory opinion makes clear that drug companies have run afoul of the law that created the 340B Drug Pricing Program and undermined its benefits to the safety net by denying discounts to contract pharmacies.

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The legislation would avert disastrous Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts, bring additional relief from the heavy financial pressures of COVID-19, and establish important consumer protections for patients.

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The groups have sued the Department of Health and Human Services over its failure to enforce program requirements and halt drug company actions that undermine the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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This $4 billion cut—a third of all program funding—would destabilize hospitals and threaten access to care as the nation confronts a rapidly escalating health care crisis. We now must turn to solutions that protect hospitals and their communities for the long term.

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America’s Essential Hospitals supports the nomination of Xavier Becerra as the next secretary of health and human services, and we applaud the incoming Biden administration for its other choices to lead key federal health care agencies and initiatives.

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The final rule takes critical resources away from hospitals and is especially harmful now as they strain under the heavy financial burden of COVID-19.

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America's Essential Hospitals applauds the commitment of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President–Elect Kamala Harris to equity, social justice, and access to affordable, high-quality health care.

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Providers will have one year from the issuance date of their Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program funds before they must begin to repay their loans. Providers may apply for an extended repayment schedule and may not use Provider Relief Fund dollars to pay back the Medicare loans.

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Essential hospitals thank House leaders for recognizing in the legislation the ongoing needs of providers that form the backbone of the health care safety net and for taking additional steps to support their service to patients and communities.

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Essential hospitals thank House lawmakers for responding to the heavy financial burden of COVID-19 on hospitals with bipartisan action to ease repayment terms for Medicare loans and further delay Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts.

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America's Essential Hospitals thanks the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for recognizing the potential for unintended consequences of its proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation and withdrawing this potentially damaging rule.

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America’s Essential Hospitals and more than 20 other advocates and federal agencies today announced an action plan on patient safety. The plan recognizes that systemic racism and other societal inequities can cause harm to concentrate in certain populations, and it calls for using safety data to identify gaps related to social determinants of health.

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Recent actions by pharmaceutical manufacturers hinder access to affordable medications for millions of people who face financial hardships and defy clear statutory requirements that they provide drugs to 340B Drug Pricing Program covered entities.

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The Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule takes a bad policy on Part B drug payments and makes it worse by digging an even deeper financial hole for essential hospitals and their vulnerable patients.

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The initiative is expected to produce recommendations that will form the foundation of a comprehensive, member-driven plan of action on structural racism.

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Rep. John Lewis championed the mission-driven work of essential hospitals and steadfastly supported policies to safeguard their service to vulnerable patients, communities, and the health care safety net.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals decision allows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to maintain its policy of deep cuts to payments for outpatient care, which will widen gaps in health care access in communities across the country.

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We appreciate the administration’s efforts to correct earlier funding gaps that left many essential hospitals without the support they need; but there is more work to do.

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New chairs begin their tenures on the boards of America’s Essential Hospitals and its research, education, and dissemination arm, Essential Hospitals Institute, which also welcome several first-time member leaders.

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