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President’s executive order addresses opioid epidemic

President Trump signed an executive order this week to establish the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The commission is...
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What’s next after failed attempt to repeal and replace the ACA?

After seven years (and 50 votes) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), House Republican leaders and President Trump last Friday decided to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill when efforts to garner the necessary 216 votes for passage could not be achieved. House caucus groups met Tuesday morning to regroup, reflect and prioritize their next steps related to the health care agenda.

AHA: SAMHSA offering grants to integrate primary, behavioral health care

The American Hospital Association (AHA) says the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is offering $22.6 million in grants to help qualified community health programs to integrate primary and behavioral health care for adults and children.

GOP withdraws AHCA ahead of vote

After four hours of floor debate Friday, House Republican leaders withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before the legislation went to a full vote. Republican Leaders determined they didn't have enough votes to pass the bill that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

House GOP leaders delay AHCA vote

House Republican leaders have delayed Thursday’s planned vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). GOP members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are withholding support of the bill, saying it does not go far enough in rolling back the tax subsidies of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

SDAHO visits Hill during LeadingAge PEAK conference

The LeadingAge PEAK conference was held this week in Washington, D.C., in the midst of high lobbying activity around the House health care bill. SDAHO board members and LeadingAge delegates Erica Peterson and Justin Hinker joined Jen Porter, vice president post-acute care, and 1,000 other attendees.

New AHA video explains what’s at stake with AHCA

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has produced a whiteboard video explaining what’s at stake as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) heads for an expected vote in the U.S. House on Thursday. The AHA and SDAHO cannot support the bill in its current form.
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GOP House leaders tweak AHCA in effort to woo votes

House Republicans made several changes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in an effort to garner support from GOP holdouts who could prevent...

AHA launches ad urging Congress to protect health coverage for most vulnerable

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is launching a television ad urging Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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State licensure office encouraging providers to check out CMS’s ‘Hand in Hand’ training

The South Dakota Office of Licensure and Certification is encouraging nursing facilities and other health care providers to view and educate staff on the “Hand in Hand” training program from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The six-part series includes training on the disease process, abuse and reporting abuse, communication, actions and reactions, abuse prevention and making a difference in the life of residents with dementia.