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September 30, 2020

Senate Republican Policy Committee Convenes Hearing about Telemedicine

Today, the Senate Republican Policy Committee held a hearing about the future of telemedicine. Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy, joined representatives from member organizations, including Allegheny Health Network and UPMC, for a panel discussion highlighting the importance of telemedicine, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 29, 2020

HAP-Supported Licensure Compact Bills Head to State Senate

Today in Harrisburg, the House of Representatives took action to bring the commonwealth closer to meeting its health care workforce needs by passing legislation authorizing Pennsylvania to join other states in interstate licensure compacts for certain health care professionals. Participation in the various compacts allows Pennsylvania’s patient population the opportunity to leverage the nation’s entire health care workforce and ensures greater access to care for families across the commonwealth.

September 29, 2020

Bill Establishing Nurse Practitioner Pilot Program Clears First Hurdle in State House

The Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee voted House Bill 100 out of committee today. Originally intended to remove the requirement for a formal collaborative agreement between a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) and a physician—House Bill 100 was amended to create a six-year pilot program that allows an eligible CRNP to independently practice in a health professional shortage area, a designation based on geography or population.

September 25, 2020

New Report Shows Decline in Care for Children in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released preliminary Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data highlighting a steep decline in the rates of vaccinations, primary, and preventive services among children. Nearly 40 million children currently are covered by Medicaid and CHIP, raising concerns about long-term health outcomes for many children in Pennsylvania.

September 24, 2020

As Flu Season Approaches, HAP, PA Hospitals Encourage Adding a Flu Shot to Virus Protection Measures

The flu season is quickly approaching while the state and nation continues to battle against COVID-19. Though both are caused by different viruses, many of the precautions Pennsylvanians have adopted during COVID-19 also can help protect them from the flu. In addition to handwashing, social distancing, and the use of a face mask, Pennsylvanians are encouraged to add a flu shot to their protection measures.

September 23, 2020

Pennsylvania Launches New Contact Tracing App

This week, the Wolf Administration announced the launch of COVID AlertPA, a smartphone app to notify people of potential exposure to someone who has COVID-19.

September 21, 2020

New Analysis on the Range of Disparities during COVID-19

A new Commonwealth Fund survey into the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight the long-standing inequities by race, ethnicity, and income. The analysis also shows that the experience of economic hardships and mental health concerns during the pandemic varies by race, gender, and income.

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