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Providers, Patients Encouraged to "Engage for Health" During Health Literacy Month

October 10, 2017

When patients and their families understand and engage in their health care, they have better outcomes and a more positive experience. October is National Health Literacy Month and HAP encourages providers and patients to learn more about what you can do to better understand your care.

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MedPAC Highlights Flaws in MIPS Design; Urges Immediate Repeal

October 06, 2017

After its analysis of the Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS), the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is urging the immediate repeal and replacement of the new payment system introduced as part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

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CHIP Funding Bills Advance; Delay to DSH Cuts Under Consideration

October 04, 2017

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee separately worked to advance legislation that would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The House legislation also would provide a one-year delay to impending Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment cuts. Addressing both policy issues—CHIP and DSH—is crucial to maintaining access to health insurance coverage and care for Pennsylvania patients.

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Pennsylvania Delegation Pushes CHIP Funding Extension

September 29, 2017

Seventeen members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation penned a letter to Congressional leaders urging swift action to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Bipartisan U.S. House Letter Urges CMS to Rescind Proposed Cuts to 340B Drug Pricing Program

September 28, 2017

Ten members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation have signed a bipartisan letter urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon a proposed policy that will limit hospitals' use of the 340B Drug Pricing Program to better serve their patients. 

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U.S. Senate Pushes for Consideration of Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Proposal; PA Impact in Spotlight

September 25, 2017

In testimony before a U.S. Senate commitee, Pennsylvania's Acting Secretary of Human Services said the newest ACA repeal and replace plan would reverse the state's low uninsured rate and result in skyrocketing numbers of uninsured individuals.


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Uninsured in PA Drops 45% Since Affordable Care Act Began

September 22, 2017

The latest data from the U.S. Census calculates that since passage of the Affordable Care Act  in 2010, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has declined from 10.2 percent in 2010 to 5.6 percent in 2016, a 45 percent decrease in our state’s uninsured population and the lowest number on record.

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HAP Urges Pennsylvania Delegation to Oppose Disruptive Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Proposal

September 21, 2017

HAP urged Pennsylvania’s federal lawmakers to reject the complex, sweeping proposal put forth by U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) that would jeopardize health care coverage and protections relied upon by millions of Pennsylvanians. HAP called upon lawmakers to instead leverage bipartisan support for stabilizing the health insurance markets and promoting access to affordable health insurance and high quality care.

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Report Quantifies Burden of Multiple Chronic Conditions

September 20, 2017

A new report, seeking to outline and quantify the key challenges of multiple chronic conditions found that with each additional chronic condition, health care costs more than double, so that treating a patient with four chronic conditions could cost as much as 16 times more than a patient with only one condition could.

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Governor Wolf Joins Bipartisan Group of Governors to Oppose Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Amendment

September 19, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf has joined a group of ten bipartisan governors from across the country to send a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to express their opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment, the Senate’s last-ditch proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before budget reconciliation rules expire on September 30. Under current reconciliation rules, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment would only require a simple majority of senators vote to approve the measure.

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Insurance Commissioner Announces No Change in Primary Medical Liability Coverage Limits

September 18, 2017

Pennsylvania’s acting insurance commissioner has announced that she was unable to determine that there is sufficient additional basic insurance capacity to increase the current basic primary limits for calendar years 2018 and 2019.

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HAP, Providers Urge Delegation to Preserve Key Health Care and Insurance Programs

September 18, 2017

Ahead of looming Congressional deadlines regarding vital health care issues and the potential for action by the U.S. Senate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HAP joined 26 Pennsylvania health care provider and advocacy groups to send a joint letter to Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, stressing the importance of preserving access to health care and health insurance coverage for the commonwealth’s families.

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Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Block Grant Proposal Introduced

September 13, 2017

Four U.S. Senators have attempted to revive the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the introduction of a new bill that would repeal much of the ACA and provide a block grant of health care funding to states.

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CMS updates transparency tool on hospices; HAP’s Care in PA continues to support transparency efforts for PA

September 01, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated Hospice Compare, an informational website that allows consumers to learn more about hospice care in their area.

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New AHA Guide: Housing and the Role of Hospitals

August 25, 2017

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Research & Educational Trust has released a guide, Housing and the Role of Hospitals, about how hospitals can help address unsuitable housing conditions and homelessness within their communities. It also identifies other considerations often associated with housing instability and homelessness, such as lack of transportation, limited literacy, and lack of social supports.

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