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July 09, 2020

DHS Announced HealthChoices Procurement Awards; Five Protests Filed

On July 8, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced applicants selected to deliver care through HealthChoices, the Medical Assistance physical health managed care program that provides care to more than 2.6 million Pennsylvanians. As of July 9, 2020, five protests have been filed by four managed care organizations (MCO) following their non-selection.

July 08, 2020

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Advocate for Permanent Expansion of Telemedicine

Last week, Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R) joined the signing of a bipartisan letter led by Senators Cassidy (R-LA) and Smith (D-MN) showing support for the flexibilities the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created to enhance providers’ ability to care for patients via telemedicine (also known as telehealth) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 07, 2020

Bipartisan Group of U.S. Senators Unveil Legislation to Maintain 340B Eligibility during COVID-19 Pandemic ​

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators last week introduced legislation to help hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program maintain eligibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would allow hospitals to remain eligible for the program throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, even if their inpatient volumes fall below the benchmarks set by the federal government.

July 06, 2020

American Hospital, Medical, Nurses Associations Pen Open Letter to Urge COVID-19 Prevention

Today, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association released a joint open letter to the American public, urging them to continue their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The letter emphasizes the importance wearing face masks, keeping safe distances, and frequently washing hands.

July 02, 2020

Supreme Court Rules to Keep COVID-19 Disaster Declaration in Place

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of Governor Wolf in his case to determine whether the state General Assembly could overturn the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration. In a 5-to-2 ruling, the court held that a concurrent resolution passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate to terminate the declaration must be presented to the governor for his veto or signature per the state’s Constitution.

July 02, 2020

Wolf Administration Expands Masking Order

Yesterday, the Wolf Administration announced that it has expanded its order requiring universal masking in all public spaces. Under the expansion, Pennsylvanians now are required to wear a mask any time they are inside a public place, or are outdoors and unable to practice safe physical distancing.

July 01, 2020

DHS Distributes CARES Act Funds to Non-hospital Health Care Providers: What Hospitals Can Do

Starting today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services will begin distributing CARES Act funding to long-term care providers, LIFE programs, and the Community HealthChoices managed care organizations. HAP continues to press lawmakers to designate the remaining $1.3 billion to establish a Coronavirus Relief Fund to support Pennsylvania’s frontline health care providers in addressing this extraordinary public health emergency and its financial impacts.

June 30, 2020

AHA Calls Hospitals to Action; Cites New Report on Hospital Losses

Today, HAP and hospital leaders from Pennsylvania and across the country joined the American Hospital Association (AHA) for a Virtual Advocacy Day. The effort served as a call to action for the U.S. Senate to finalize action on comprehensive COVID-19 relief before the August district work period.

June 29, 2020

U.S. House Passes Measure to Stabilize ACA Marketplace

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation to bolster critical portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The measure’s momentum comes on the heels of recent action by the Trump Administration aimed at dismantling the ACA.