Rural Health Redesign Center
HAP supports Senate Bill 314, Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), which would improve the financial stability of rural hospitals. The bill establishes the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center, which would serve as the governing body of the new Rural Health Model that began January 1, 2019.
Telemedicine can be used to connect providers to patients at a distance and address shortages of specialty providers, such as behavioral health or dermatology. It can be used to deliver life-saving care, such as stroke care, and routine care in a timely, cost-effective manner.
HAP supports Senate Bill 857, Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), which would prevent insurers from prohibiting reimbursement for a service solely because it was provided via telemedicine.
Medical Liability and Venue Shopping Reform
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposed rescinding a valuable reform ending venue shopping for medical liability cases, that helped end Pennsylvania's medical liability crisis. HAP supported Sen. Lisa Baker's (R-Luzerne) S.R. 20 that required the State Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the issue and make recommendations by January 1, 2020. As a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform, HAP continues to advocate that no changes be made to the 2002 venue reforms.
State Surprise Billing
HAP is engaged with state policymakers regarding surprise balance billing practices. HAP
continues to message that any state balance billing proposal be grounded around
any federal action on the issue.
For more information, contact Warren Kampf, senior vice president, advocacy and external affairs; Stephanie Watkins, vice president, state legislative advocacy, or; Sue Stewart, manager, political development. For media inquiries, contact Rachel Moore, director, media relations.