Policy

June 26, 2017

Today, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) voiced its concerns to the leadership of the US Senate that “the Better Care Reconciliation Act (the Senate version of Affordable Care Act repeal) passage would negatively impact millions of patients, particularly those with kidney failure, advanced kidney diseases, and other chronic illnesses.” You can read the letter here and a statement from ASN President Eleanor Lederer here.

June 22, 2017

Senate Republicans today released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, S. 1628, their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.  This is the Senate’s response to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which the House passed in early May.  Like the House bill, the legislation is designed to repeal or revise portions of Obamacare, a law that congressional Republicans have opposed since its passage seven years ago.

What does the Better Care Reconciliation Act do, and how does it compare to the House’s AHCA?

June 21, 2017

Summertime is vacation time!  This week we are taking a brief field trip from Washington to explore the problems facing state individual healthcare marketplaces around the country.

June 19, 2017

The American Hospital Association sent a letter on June 13th, 2017 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) requesting that the agency discontinue using the star ratings program, which AMA characterized as “deeply flawed” and as a source of regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems, and patients.

June 9, 2017

In our last installment, we tried to ground the conversation by laying out how Republican health care ideas impact you. You can review Part 10 of our series here.

May 26, 2017

Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) broke onto the scene again this Wednesday May 24th. The rollercoaster of news and rumors around those efforts once again bring uncertainty to the lives of patients, physicians, and insurers nationwide. 

May 23, 2017

The Trump administration unveiled a proposed FY 2018 budget on Tuesday, May 23, that would cut funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $7 billion, about a 23 percent reduction from current levels.  In a statement from American Society of Nephrology (ASN) President Eleanor D.

May 23, 2017

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), a public-private partnership between the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), continues to advance its mission of facilitating innovation and patient safety in kidney disease through its collaborative partnership with the kidney community.

May 17, 2017

SB – 349 Chronic dialysis clinics: staffing requirements was introduced into the California Senate on February 14th, 2017 where it remains through several amendments. 

May 5, 2017
Paperwork

ASN's Zach Cahill and David White restart coverage on the attempt to change the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the House's passage of a heavily revised American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4th, which will now head to the Senate.

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