Washington Update

This weekly publication provides member hospitals with important news on federal legislative affairs and regulatory actions.

Recent Issues

Washington Update - February 17, 2017
February 17, 2017

On Thursday, House Republican leadership briefed caucus members on the outline of a potential plan to reform Medicaid in connection with efforts to ...

Washington Update - February 10, 2017
February 10, 2017

As the health care debate continues, the unique needs of children must not be forgotten. New resources with compelling visuals have been added to the ...

Washington Update - February 3, 2017
February 3, 2017

A CHA summary of the Patient Freedom Act of 2017, introduced on Jan. 23 by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, highlights ...

Washington Update - January 27, 2017
January 27, 2017

On Jan. 25, allied children’s organizations met with senior staff of the National Governors Association (NGA) to discuss the importance of protecting ...

Washington Update - January 20, 2017
January 20, 2017

In advance of the Senate Finance Committee round-table with Republican governors, CHA spearheaded a joint letter to governors' groups highlighting ...

Washington Update - January 13, 2017
January 13, 2017

After several days of debate, the Senate passed the FY 2017 budget resolution early Thursday. The budget resolution serves primarily as a vehicle to ...

Washington Update - January 6, 2017
January 6, 2017

As the 115th Congress begins, the CHA and allied organizations continue pressing Congress to prioritize child health.

Washington Update - December 23, 2016
December 23, 2016

CHA urges hospitals to contact their governors and state officials with these key messages to help them respond to recent House and Senate letters ...

Washington Update - December 16, 2016
December 16, 2016

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) voted on recommendations that funding for CHIP should be extended for five years to ...

Washington Update - December 9, 2016
December 9, 2016

CHA was elected by coalition members to serve as the first co-chair of the Partnership for Medicaid, a coalition of national organizations ...

Washington Update - November 18, 2016
November 18, 2016

Through the efforts of your hospitals, Speak Now for Kids, and allied organizations, individual members of Congress and congressional leaders were ...

Washington Update - November 11, 2016
November 11, 2016

Children’s hospitals, allied organizations and CHA will execute a grassroots campaign demonstrating a groundswell of nationwide stakeholder support ...

Washington Update - November 4, 2016
November 4, 2016

CHA joined allied health organizations in sending a letter to Capitol Hill leaders urging Congress to act swiftly to extend funding for vital safety ...

Washington Update - October 28, 2016
October 28, 2016

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) continued its discussion on potential CHIP recommendations. Commissioners maintained ...

Washington Update - October 21, 2016
October 21, 2016

CMS released the final Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) rule.

Washington Update - October 14, 2016
October 14, 2016

Hospitals are encouraged to engage their members of Congress on the ACE Kids Act, and the Modern Medicaid Alliance group launches.

Washington Update - October 6, 2016
October 6, 2016

CMS announces awards to improve hospital safety and to test and implement pediatric quality measures.

Washington Update - September 30, 2016
September 30, 2016

While Congress is gone until after the election, lawmakers will return to Washington in November for a “lame duck session” expected to last at least ...

Washington Update - September 23, 2016
September 23, 2016

H.R. 546, the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015 (ACE Kids Act), has 220 bipartisan cosponsors!

Washington Update - September 16, 2016
September 16, 2016

Washington Update - September 9, 2016
September 9, 2016

Celebrate ACE Kids Act milestone: Bill Reaches 218 Cosponsors in the House.

Washington Update - September 2, 2016
September 2, 2016

Actions to be taken on letters for Medicare OPPS Rule and comments on Medicaid DSH payment program.

Washington Update - August 26, 2016
August 26, 2016

Hospitals are encouraged to send comments on Medicaid DSH Rule issued by CMS.

Washington Update - August 12, 2016
August 12, 2016

CMS released an informational bulletin on the Medicaid managed care final rule’s policy on “pass through payments,” which phases out hospital ...

Washington Update - July 29, 2016
July 29, 2016

Keeping up momentum gained through Family Advocacy Day and the ACE Kids Act hearing before the E&C Subcommittee on Health is key to advancing the ACE ...


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