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July 22, 2020

Pennsylvania Hospitals Call on Congress for Loan Forgiveness

This week, 24 hospitals and health systems, representing 143 facilities across the commonwealth, issued a letter calling on the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation for full forgiveness of Medicare accelerated payments. This call for federal action comes at a time when Congress is considering additional coronavirus relief legislation.

July 21, 2020

Federal Hearing on COVID-19 Racial Health Disparities

Today, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing—The COVID-19 Pandemic and Seniors: A Look at Racial Health Disparities—examining the impact of racial health disparities on the outcomes of COVID-19 in older adults.

July 21, 2020

New Federal Guidance Affirms Equity in Care During COVID-19

On July 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin, Civil Rights Protections Prohibiting  Race, Color and National Origin Discrimination During COVID‐19, aimed at helping to ensure Title VI compliance during the COVID‐19 public health emergency.

July 20, 2020

Extended Timeframe for COBRA Sign Ups After Job Loss

Newly unemployed or furloughed individuals, or others who have lost employer-based health insurance due to a reduction in work hours, now have additional time to decide if they want to keep their employer-sponsored coverage under federal law.

July 17, 2020

New Poll Shows that Voters Strongly Support Hospitals and Additional Financial Relief

A new public opinion poll released Thursday by the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care reveals that the vast majority of American voters (76%) report an overwhelmingly favorable image of hospitals, regardless of party affiliation. The national survey, conducted during late June 2020 among 800 registered voters, also reveals that the vast majority of respondents recognize the immense financial strain hospitals face in the wake of COVID-19, with 75 percent of voters supporting additional financial COVID-19 relief in the amount of $100 billion for providers. 

July 16, 2020

The Digital Divide in Telemedicine during COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to create a shift in the way patients view and access care, leading many health care providers to rely more on telemedicine. However, a new study highlights the struggles many Pennsylvanians are still facing to access telemedicine services.