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Category Archives: insurance

Coalition Asks Congress to Act Now on Vital Health Care Issues

March 19, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Insurance, Legislation

A coalition of prominent health care and business associations, including the Federation of American Hospitals, sent a letter today to Congressional leaders asking that they take action to lower health care premiums.

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Coalition Asks Congress to Pass Market Stabilization Legislation

March 12, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Insurance, Legislation

FAH joined a coalition in asking Congress to pass bipartisan market stabilization legislation. The group is made up of organizations that either provide health care or coverage to hundreds of millions of Americans

“We are writing to urge you to move forward with bipartisan legislation to reduce premiums, improve affordability, and improve the individual health insurance market. We ask that you include this legislation in the omnibus appropriations bill that Congress needs to act upon by March 23.”

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Hospital Groups Call on Anthem to Rescind ED and Imaging Coverage Changes

March 09, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Insurance, Quality

FAH, together with other hospital groups, wrote to Anthem to express serious concerns about the insurers coverage policies for outpatient imaging and emergency care services.

The letter highlights that Anthem’s emergency services policy lacks transparency for patients and providers, essentially requires patients to know their diagnosis before seeking care, and could lead to patients delaying life-saving medical treatment. The outpatient imaging policy also lacks transparency, is confusing to patients and providers, and will result in some patients failing to receive diagnostic testing.

FAH continues to encourage Anthem to retract these polices and work with our organizations to ensure Anthem members have access to high-quality, timely care.

You can find the complete letter here.

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FAH Comments on Association Health Plans

March 06, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Insurance

Today, the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL) on the Proposed Rule amending current regulation making it easier for small employers and sole proprietors to band together as part of an association with the expressed purpose of offering health insurance to the employees of the association’s employer members (Association Health Plans). In most cases, the health insurance offered by the association would be treated as an employer-sponsored plan regulated as large group coverage rather than individual or small group coverage.

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