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Pennsylvania’s Community HealthChoices Draft RFP
For managed long-term care services in Pennsylvania


Comment letter to PA Dept of Human Services
On Managed Long-Term Services and Support (Oct 2015)


Comment letter to PA Dept of Human Services
On Proposed Changes to the HealthChoices Program (Aug 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
On Medicaid managed care and CHIP proposed rule (Jul 2015)


Comment letter to PA Dept of Human Services
On HealthChoices physical health program (Jun 2015)


Comment letter to PA Dept of Human Services
On transition to traditional Medicaid expansion (Apr 2015)


Fact Sheet
On the economic impact of Pennsylvania hospitals


Potential Consequences of King V. Burwell
Overview of how Supreme Court decision on ACA subsidies could affect individuals and hospitals in Pennsylvania (Apr 2015)


Medicaid Expansion in PA: Fact Check
Clarifies common myths about Medicaid expansion


DVHC Impact

In southeastern Pennsylvania, 3,030,258 children and adults have insurance coverage; however 33 percent of the state’s uninsured also live in southeastern Pennsylvania. DVHC of HAP tracks public and private insurance trends and claims payment practices for the southeast region.

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Expanding Coverage for Pennsylvania’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

An important advocacy priority for HAP continues to be upholding Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program by providing insurance coverage for low-income, non-elderly, working Pennsylvanians and their families. HAP advocates for adequate insurance coverage to improve Pennsylvanians’ access to health care and to reduce the financial burden of caring for the uninsured borne by hospitals and employers.

In addition, important health insurance market and delivery system issues continue to develop across the commonwealth. HAP does believe there is a compelling public policy interest for the state to ensure that there is a competitive insurance market to enable broad access to coverage. As a result, HAP is working to:

  • Improve the physician credentialing process by supporting House Bill 125
  • Support legislation that enables health care providers to effectively structure contractual relationships with health plans
  • Advance legislation that sustains insurance market competition
  • Improve state investments in telemedicine

Related News

February 15, 2017

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Released to Stabilize Health Insurance Markets

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released a proposed rule intended to stabilize the health insurance marketplaces, through which millions of Americans have acquired health insurance coverage. Insurers and providers both have pressed the Trump Administration and Congress to address the challenges that threaten coverage options, and may cause more insurers to discontinue offering policies through the marketplace in 2018.


February 14, 2017

Nation’s Uninsured Rate Is at Historic Low

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the findings of the January–September 2016 National Health Interview Survey showing that the nation’s uninsured rate is at a historic low—8.8 percent. This represents 20.4 million more individuals with health insurance coverage in 2016 than had coverage in 2010.


February 10, 2017

U.S. Senate Confirms Tom Price as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary

By a vote of 52 to 47, the U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Congressman Tom Price, a former orthopaedic surgeon, to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Secretary, Dr. Price will exercise significant influence over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both through regulatory policy, and working with Congress to repeal and replace the law.


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Related Blogs

September 18, 2015

Pennsylvania’s Physician Credentialing Process Is Keeping Doctors from Patients

Pennsylvania’s antiquated, cumbersome, paper-based physician credentialing system is slowing down access to health care.

April 02, 2015

Why More Health Coverage Does Not Necessarily Mean Less Uncompensated Care

Health coverage and uncompensated care are opposing forces, right? As the number of people with coverage goes up, the need for hospitals to provide charity care or cover unpaid patient bills goes down. Or will high deductible health plans disrupt the natural order of things?

November 19, 2014

Availability Does Not Ensure Access: Unlocking Pennsylvanians’ Access to Health Insurance

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made health insurance available to millions of Americans. But making coverage available to individuals doesn’t ensure access.

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