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ACA SAGA CONTINUES – YOUR HELP STILL NEEDED

Although this week there were not enough votes for the Senate to pass a bill that would have repealed and replaced the ACA, the saga over ACA repeal is not over. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he is switching legislative strategies, from repealing and replacing the ACA to simply repealing the law and having the Senate vote on such a bill next week. A “repeal only” bill would be even worse than either the BCRA or the House’s version, the American Health Care Act. Earlier this year, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that a repeal-only bill would cause 32 million people to lose health coverage within 10 years. Thanks for all the contacts you have made! PLEASE KEEP UP THE CONTACTS AND PRESSURE. Please click here and tell Senators Burr and Tillis to vote “No” on the repeal only bill, and any bill that reduces coverage. As stated by APA, Congress should work in a bi-partisan manner to improve the ACA, not dismantle it.


DHHS TO HOLD LISTENING SESSIONS – PLEASE PARTICIPATE

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is developing a Strategic Plan for the community and facility-based service system. From July 12 to July 31 DHHS is holding listening sessions across the state. All public comment is welcome, but particularly feedback on:

  • Access to providers and services
  • Affordability of providers and services
  • Special populations & conditions (Veterans, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Autism, etc.)
  • Navigating the system
  • Improving quality of care
  • Integration of physical and behavioral health

NCPA will be developing written comments as well as presenting at one of the hearings. Members are encouraged to attend and speak at these sessions, particularly as it relates to Medicaid as well as the integration of physical and behavioral health. Click here for more information.


FROM APAPO – MACRA 2018 PROPOSED RULE

On June 21, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule on Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2018. The proposed rule outlines prospective changes to two key payment programs: The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models. Created under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the 2015 law that repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate cut, the QPP is designed to have Medicare payments reflect value rather than volume as the country’s largest federal healthcare program continues to move away from a traditional fee-for-service (FFS) model. Click here for more information.


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