MHA Today | March 7, 2017

March 7, 2017
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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In This Issue
House Committees Release ACA Repeal Legislation
Bill Authorizes Change In County Hospital Tax Levies
House Advances Legislation On Medical Records And Consent To Treatment

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House Committees Release ACA Repeal Legislation

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee released proposed legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. Highlights include the following.

  • repeal the individual mandate
  • maintain prohibition of denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and allowing individuals to remain on their parents’ health plans until age 26
  • Medicaid spending would be a per capita allotment
  • tax credits offered to those purchasing insurance through the open market would be based on age and amount to $2,000 for individuals younger than 30 and increase to a maximum of $4,000 for a person 60 or older
  • eliminate Medicaid disproportionate share payment reductions

MHA has published an issue brief with additional details.



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Bill Authorizes Change In County Hospital Tax Levies

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The state House of Representatives has given first-round approval to House Bill 193. The original version of the bill authorizes Barton County Memorial Hospital in Lamar to convert its county property tax levy to a sales tax, upon voter approval to do so. The House amended the bill to expand the authorization to encompass county hospitals in third-class counties.

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House Advances Legislation On Medical Records And Consent To Treatment

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

Legislation addressing the release of a deceased patient’s medical records to his or her family or guardian was given first-round approval in the state House of Representatives. Before approving House Bill 381, the House added an amendment creating new standards for the process of gaining consent for treatment of those incapacitated to make their own decisions.

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Consider This ...

Each year, blood clots affect as many as 900,000 Americans, resulting in about 100,000 premature deaths.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention