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May 29, 2020

New KFF Poll Reveals Americans’ Views about COVID-19’s Impact

As Americans continue limiting social interaction—many just emerging from their homes after months-long state mandates—a newly released Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll represents their views about some of the most significant details surrounding how COVID-19 has affected the country.

May 28, 2020

State General Assembly Allocates First Round of PA’s CARES Act Funding; Hospital Advocacy Still Needed

Today, the General Assembly confirmed a state budget covering the first five months of the 2020–2021 fiscal year (FY), House Bill 2387 (Saylor, R-York).In addition, the General Assembly approved a second budget measure, allocating a portion of the $3.9 billion in funds Pennsylvania received from the federal CARES Act. Hospital advocacy still is critical. HAP requests all hospital leaders and personnel text “COVIDRELIEF” to 313131. This will provide hospital advocates with an easy way to contact policymakers.

May 28, 2020

Health Care, Manufacturing, and Business Advocates Call for COVID-19 Liability Protections for “Smart Restart”

Today, HAP President and CEO Andy Carter joined members of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform for a virtual press conference to call on the Governor and the General Assembly to protect hospitals, health care providers, manufacturers, and businesses from meritless lawsuits during Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 disaster declaration and as the state gradually reopens.

May 22, 2020

HHS Begins Distribution of Nearly $4.9 Billion to Nursing Facilities Impacted by COVID-19

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began distributing nearly $4.9 billion in additional relief funds to skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to help them combat the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. A state-by-state breakdown of amounts paid is available. During this public health crisis, nursing homes face unique challenges as their population of high-risk seniors are more vulnerable to respiratory pathogens like COVID-19. This funding supplements previously announced provider relief funds, and can be used to help nursing homes suffering from significant expenses or lost revenue attributable to COVID-19.

May 22, 2020

Pennsylvania Health Care Vulnerable to Another Threat During COVID-19

As Pennsylvania moves into day 78 of Governor Wolf’s emergency declaration, the commonwealth’s health care community continues to make difficult decisions under extraordinary circumstances; doing so without hesitation, but also without the acknowledgment of policymakers that the current COVID-19 environment has placed clinical decision making and resource allocation in uncharted territory leaving them vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits.

May 21, 2020

The ACA Will Cover More People as a Result of Job Losses Due to COVID-19

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 26.8 million people across the country will become uninsured due to the loss of job-based health coverage. While many of those people qualify for full coverage under the Affordable Care Act, estimates suggest that 5.7 million people will not be eligible and will have to pay the full cost for health coverage.

May 20, 2020

Patients Deferring Lifesaving Care During Pandemic

A new analysis of data from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found patient visits are declining for select conditions for which patients would normally seek care, including heart attacks and strokes, following postponement or cancellation of nonessential procedures.

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