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August 31, 2020

New CDC Data Shows COVID-19 Impacted Access to Care for Nearly 4 in 10 Americans

Recently released analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that nearly 40 percent of patients saw reductions in their access to one or more types of care as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. HAP has created a special webpage and resources to encourage Pennsylvanians to get their health care back on track.

August 28, 2020

International Overdose Awareness Day: August 31

Monday, August 31, is International Overdose Awareness Day, a time to remember colleagues, friends, and family members who have lost their lives in the deadly battle with substance use disorder. It also is an opportunity to learn more about preventing overdose deaths in your community.

August 27, 2020

Americans of Color: More COVID-19 Infections, Hospitalizations, Deaths

Across the U.S., as the COVID-19 pandemic increases the health concerns and economic struggles of many American families, new studies continue to magnify the fact that certain Americans are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic’s devastation. Americans of color—Black, American Indian, Alaska Native Americans, and Latinx—are facing more COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths than White Americans.

August 26, 2020

New Kaufman Hall Flash Report: Hospital Margins Down 96 Percent

A Kaufman Hall National Hospital Flash Report released Monday shows the overwhelming financial impact that COVID-19 has had on U.S. hospitals. July marked the fifth consecutive month of volumes that fell below 2019 and below budget, further devastating hospitals’ financial stability.

August 25, 2020

Survey Highlights Persistent Vulnerability in Insurance Coverage Among Americans

Last week, the Commonwealth Fund released the results of its Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2020, and highlighted the “persistent vulnerability” in health insurance coverage, foreshadowing an even bigger crisis in coverage: as U.S. job losses resulting from the pandemic continue to increase, many more Americans also will lose their employer-based health insurance.

August 24, 2020

Influenza Vaccinations: CDC Recommendations

Because the influenza season likely will coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of six months without contraindications receive the influenza vaccination.

August 21, 2020

HHS Aims to Increase Health Care Access in Rural Communities

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the recipients of more than $35 million aimed at increasing access to high-quality health care in rural communities. Through the Health Resources and Services Administration, these awards went to more than 50 organizations across 33 states including Pennsylvania.

August 20, 2020

Mental Health Struggles Continue Amid Pandemic

A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the significant mental health effects that COVID-19 is having for people struggling to cope with the pandemic. The CDC found that 40 percent of adults reported struggling with mental health issues or substance use within recent months.

August 19, 2020

Telehealth Use Among Adults Increases

New polls show the number of older adults using telehealth increased from 4 percent to 46 percent during 2020. The polls conducted during 2019 to 2020 included national samples of more than 2,000 adults age 50 to 80.

August 18, 2020

Hospital Community Continues to Push for Timely Relief from Accelerated Payments

Hospitals are urging action by policymakers in Washington, D.C. as loans provided under the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Programs are scheduled to start to be repaid, many as early as the end of this month. Recoupment of the loans will be made in the form of lost Medicare payments, at a time when hospitals are still absorbing the significant financial impact of COVID-19, facing reduced revenue as patients remain reluctant to seek care, and preparing for a potential resurgence of COVID-19 during the fall and winter.