AHA and 71 metro, regional hospital associations outline requests for Trump administration

Amid the potential ACA repeal and replacement, the American Hospital Association and 71 states, regional and metropolitan hospital associations wrote a joint letter to President Donald Trump and Congress to bring attention to hospital's top priorities.

"We understand the ACA needs change and hospitals and health systems have offered solutions to fix it, and we are committed to working with you on legislation that maintains coverage and improves America's healthcare system through patient-centered care," the hospital associations wrote.

Here are the six priorities for Congress and President Trump listed by the hospital associations.

1. Repealing and replacing the ACA should occur at the same time, while preserving adequate coverage for the 22 million Americans currently receiving coverage.

2. Payment reductions to hospitals and health systems included in the ACA should be restored if the ACA is not repealed and replaced simultaneously.

3. No further payment reductions should be imposed on hospitals and health systems.

4. Medicaid should continue through a federal-state partnership to ensure access, coverage and funding for all states.

5. Regulatory reform needs to address the burden faced by hospitals and health systems.

6. Efforts to move to value-based, clinically integrated care should receive continued support.


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