NCHC Supports Key Provisions of CHRONIC Care Act

Statement by John Rother, President & CEO of National Coalition on Health Care “People with multiple chronic conditions account for the majority of health spending, and their care is too fragmented and costly. This legislation is a promising beginning of the effort to address the problem, but certainly not the end. “NCHC applauds the Committee, its Members, […]

National Coalition on Health Care Calls on Senate to Take Alternative Course to Address Health Care Affordability

The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), an alliance of leading health care provider, payer, and consumer organizations, called on the Senate to pursue an alternative, bipartisan path forward on health care following the House of Representatives’ recent passage of HR 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). In a letter addressed to Senate Majority […]

NCHC, Health Centers, Physicians Urge Congress to Avoid the 2017 Primary Care Cliff

WASHINGTON, DC – At a Capitol Hill forum yesterday, The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), and three leading primary care physician societies urged Congress to avoid an approaching funding cliff for health centers and workforce programs. “Chronic disease is extremely costly. Primary care is the affordable […]

National Coalition on Health Care Urges A Fresh Start on Health Care Legislation

Statement by NCHC President and CEO John Rother regarding the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) “We need health care that is more affordable for all, but according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the current House plan moves us in the opposite direction.  It is time for a fresh start.” […]

Effort to Stabilize Market Means Little if Coverage, Affordability Disrupted

Statement by John Rother, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care “We are pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services is considering regulatory and administrative steps to assure stability and affordability in the non-group and small group markets.  In the weeks ahead, with its member organizations, NCHC will evaluate how […]

NCHC Declares Opposition to Elimination of State Option to Expand Medicaid

WASHINGTON –This Tuesday morning, National Coalition on Health Care announced its opposition to the repeal or defunding of the state option to expand Medicaid in a letter submitted to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership. “Repealing or defunding the state option to expand Medicaid would endanger states’ progress in […]

NCHC Applauds Important Steps in Mental Health Before the House of Representatives

“NCHC applauds the House of Representatives, especially Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, for the important steps taken today to address mental health and substance abuse in the 21st Century Cures legislation.  These issues are among the greatest public health challenges facing our country today, […]

NCHC Urges Congress to Preserve Provider Payment Testing and Expansion Authority

WASHINGTON – In a letter submitted Tuesday evening, the National Coalition on Health Care, the nation’s largest and most broadly representative alliance of health care stakeholders, called on Congress to preserve the Department of Health and Human Services’ flexibility to test alternative models of provider payment in Medicare and Medicaid and expand those that are […]

Broad Stakeholder Coalition Presses Lawmakers to Move Forward with Chronic Care Bill

“By bringing down barriers to better care for the chronically ill in both Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, this draft bill promises to spur delivery and benefit innovation across the health care system. The National Coalition on Health Care calls on the Finance Committee, and then Congress as a whole, to move forward expeditiously with […]

NCHC CEO John Rother Calls MACRA Implementation a Win for Affordability

“Today’s final rule on MACRA implementation is a milestone in the shift away from volume-based, fee-for-service physician payment. It represents an important victory in ongoing efforts to improve the affordability of Medicare and health care generally. “But with costs climbing in Medicare and system-wide, Congress should build on MACRA and make bipartisan chronic care legislation […]