Access & Health Coverage

Every day the caregivers in America’s hospitals see how not having coverage stops people from getting the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

That’s why hospitals are helping people get health coverage and ensuring access to essential services.

Medicaid

Medicaid is the nation’s largest single source of coverage primarily serving low-income populations – children and their families, adults, seniors and disabled individuals. The program provides a broad array of health care services such as primary and acute care services, as well as lon...

Marketplace Issues/Stability

The Health Insurance Marketplaces have become a major source of health care coverage, and millions of low-income individuals rely on the marketplaces to access subsidies to lower the cost of their premiums and cost-sharing. However, the marketplaces in some regions have struggled to sta...

Access to Care in Vulnerable Communities

For millions of Americans living in vulnerable rural and urban communities, their hospital is often the only source of care. However, many of these hospitals are fighting to survive – potentially leaving their communities at risk for losing access to health care services. The AHA'...

Behavioral Health

This web page is designed to provide easy access to information and tools that will assist AHA member hospitals and health systems in navigating the changing behavioral health care system and understanding national, state and local activities affecting behavioral health. /* Site ove...

Essential Health Benefit Issues

The Affordable Care Act mandated that health insurance plans sold on the individual and small group markets must cover 10 essential health benefits: Ambulatory patient services (outpatient care) Emergency services. Hospitalization (inpatient care) Maternity and newborn care Menta...

Drug Prices

The price of prescription drugs has skyrocketed over the past several years. These price increases are extremely troublesome throughout the health care system. Unchecked drug price increases are not sustainable, and are a serious economic threat to the patients and communities we se...

Providers with Health Plans

Some provider-owned health plans cover just one market segment (e.g., Medicaid managed care) and other plans offer a full portfolio of products for the public and commercial sectors. There are increasing examples of health care systems and hospitals partnering with provider and commerci...

Related Resources

Letter/Comment
Public
AHA urges CMS to reconsider its recent guidance to providers requiring them to document Medicare-Medicaid “crossover” bad debt in a manner that is neither…
Special Bulletin
Public
Download the Special Bulletin: CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Medicaid Drug Value-based Purchasing Arrangements   The Centers for Medicare &…
Special Bulletin
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that it will distribute $10 billion from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund…
Special Bulletin
Public
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on June 2 for states implementing the Medicaid Optional Uninsured COVID-19 Testing (…
Special Bulletin
Public
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued new guidance to states to allow temporary COVID-19-related modifications in provider payment…
Special Bulletin
AHA continues national ad campaign; urges Congress and the Administration to support hospitals and health systems. The AHA ad reinforces the essential care…