Hospital Groups Reaffirm Support for PPACA, HIX

John Commins, September 17, 2013

In an online event Monday, the nation's three largest hospital associations expressed their unified support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the face of withering and relentless criticism that appears to be sapping public support.

Leaders from the nation's three largest hospital associations met on Monday to reaffirm their support for the Affordable Care Act and encourage hospitals to help patients understand their health insurance options when open enrollment begins on Oct. 1.

"This is going forward. This is going to happen. I don't think there is anything between now and the near future that I could imagine would derail it," Chip Kahn, president/CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, said at the Monday afternoon webcast sponsored by the American Hospital Association.

"And over the next six months you are going to have the opportunity to work with your communities and your patients to help your patients get the health coverage they need."

Joining Kahn at the hour-long webcast were: AHA CEO/President Rich Umbdenstock; Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association;Mandy Cohen, MD, senior advisor to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and Cynthia Taueg, vice president, ambulatory and community health services at Detroit-based St. John Providence Health System.

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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