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Federal Budget Conference Agreement Reached

May 01, 2015

The U.S. House and Senate majorities have agreed to a budget blueprint for federal fiscal year (FY) 2016, which calls for $5.3 trillion in spending reductions, and assumes a balanced budget in ten years.

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CMS Releases New Toolkit to Help Entities Working with the Uninsured

April 30, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to issue resources to help organizations working with the uninsured and the newly insured to understand health coverage and how to access health care.

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Secretary of Human Services Nomination Moves to Senate for Consideration

April 22, 2015

The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee voted unanimously to report Ted Dallas’ nomination as Secretary of Human Services to the full Senate for consideration.

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DHS Provides Additional Resources to Help Providers Understand and Transition to New HealthChoices Plan

April 22, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has prepared training and informational guides to help providers, businesses, and community partners assist individuals with enrolling in the new HealthChoices Adult benefits plan—as part of Medicaid expansion.

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DHS to Expedite and Simplify Provider Enrollment Process

April 21, 2015

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued an update and notification of changes being implemented to the Medical Assistance provider enrollment process to improve the enrollment process and reduce backlogs of pending applications.

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DHS Publishes Notice for New Adult Benefit Plan for Medicaid Expansion

March 19, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) posted an advance copy of the public notice it will file with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicating its intent to submit a state plan amendment to create the new Medicaid Adult benefit plan.

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U.S. House Majority Releases FY 2016 Budget

March 17, 2015

The U.S. House Budget Committee unveiled its proposed budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The budget would reduce spending by $5.5 trillion during the next ten years to balance the federal budget.

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HHS Releases Updated Open Enrollment Data

March 11, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued updated data about the 2015 open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace (both federal and state).

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DHS Releases Detailed Medicaid Expansion Timeline

March 10, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) released an updated timeline detailing Pennsylvania’s steps to transition to traditional Medicaid expansion.

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HAP Explains Impact Supreme Court Decision on ACA Subsidies Could Have in Pennsylvania

March 04, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court today completed oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case that could have significant bearing on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its goal of providing affordable health care coverage to all Americans.

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Department of Human Services Provides Initial Healthy PA Enrollment Numbers

February 27, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has provided an initial number of individuals enrolled for coverage under the provisions of the Healthy PA program.

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Supreme Court to Begin Hearing Arguments Next Week on Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Subsidies

February 24, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to begin hearing arguments next week as to whether individuals that purchase health insurance through federally-facilitated marketplaces are allowed to receive subsidies to help them pay for coverage.

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HHS Publishes Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016 Health Insurance Marketplaces

February 23, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its final notice of benefit and payment parameters for 2016, establishing key standards for issuers and marketplaces for 2016.

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CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period During Tax Season

February 20, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a special enrollment period for individuals and families who did not have health coverage during 2014, and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes in states which use the federally-facilitated marketplace.

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