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Pennsylvania Health Care Providers Join Forces to Emphasize Importance of Medicaid

June 18, 2019

Leaders from organizations representing Pennsylvania health care providers reinforced the importance of Medicaid during meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  

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HAP Endorsed Partner Vizient Teams Up with Civica Rx to Improve Affordability and Availability of Generic Drugs

June 18, 2019

One of HAP’s endorsed partners, Vizient, will be collaborating with Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that is committed to stabilizing the supply of essential generic medications in a hospital setting.

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Survey Results Reinforce that Hospitals Rely on 340B Funding to Provide Care

June 17, 2019

Findings from a 340B Health survey reveal that the 340B Drug Pricing Program generated average savings of $11.8 million nationally during 2018, and the savings are being used to benefit low-income and rural patients.

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Coverage Proposals Examined in U.S. House Hearing; Hospitals Advocate to Build on Progress in Expanding Access to Comprehensive Coverage

June 13, 2019

In the face of strong public attention to the affordability of health care and political interest by Democrat Presidential hopefuls in a single-payer regime in which government operates a tax-funded health insurance plan for all residents, in a hearing this week, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee explored policy options to expand access to health coverage.

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With National Eyes on Innovative Rural Health Model, Senate Takes Key Vote

June 12, 2019

Today, legislation aimed at improving the financial stability of rural hospitals gained unanimous support from the Pennsylvania Senate and was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.​ Senate Bill 314, sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R–Luzerne), would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC), which would serve as the governing body of the new Rural Health Model, which began January 1, 2019, and was formally announced during March.

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HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill Passes Senate

June 12, 2019

HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 was voted on today by the full Senate. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Settlement Money Remains at Risk; Act Now

June 11, 2019

As efforts to pass a state budget by the June 30 deadline heat up, some lawmakers still want to use money from the Pennsylvania Tobacco Settlement Fund to pay state debt payments. Email your lawmaker now, telling them that all Tobacco Settlement Money should continue to support health care.

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Opinion: In PA, health won out over big tobacco, but it could lose in this year’s budget.

June 11, 2019

In this opinion column, HAP President and CEO Andy Carter addresses the importance of preserving Tobacco Settlement Fund resources for health care.

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Latest PHC4 Report Suggests Stabilization of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Rates in PA

June 06, 2019

According to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) could be plateauing in Pennsylvania, a sign that efforts to curb the opioid crisis may be helping.

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PA House Considers Plan to Authorize State Takeover of Health Insurance Marketplace

June 05, 2019

Five years after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a plan to allow the state to take over the health insurance marketplace.

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Legislation to Bolster Rural Hospitals Clears Key Committee Vote

June 04, 2019

Today, legislation aimed at improving the financial stability of rural hospitals gained unanimous support from the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

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Pennsylvania House Adopts Resolution Authorizing Study of State’s Behavioral Health Needs

June 04, 2019

This week, the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution to help lawmakers better understand the behavioral health needs of Pennsylvania’s patients, beginning with the impact of behavioral health holds in emergency departments. 

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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Hospital Position in Allina Case

June 03, 2019

In a ruling with significant procedural implications for the implementation of the Medicare Act, the U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed the importance of allowing an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on proposed rules through notice-and-comment rulemaking relative to the Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program, which provides resources for hospitals that serve a high volume of low-income patients.

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HAP and Stakeholders Advocate to Preserve Critical Health Care Funding

May 15, 2019

HAP and other stakeholders have submitted a joint letter to the Pennsylvania General Assembly requesting that funding to critical public health initiatives, investments in health research, and safety nets for high need patients continue under the 2019–2020 state budget.

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News Release: New Report Details Increasing Financial Instability of Pennsylvania Hospitals

May 14, 2019

A new report demonstrates the need for continued state support for financially fragile hospitals in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council’s (PHC4) fiscal year (FY) 2018 financial analysis reveals that average operating margins are decreasing, despite a small increase in overall revenue.

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