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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.

September 18, 2020

Hospital Employees Encouraged to Register and Vote in November Election

The outcome of this year’s election will be critical to those who work in health care because those who are elected will make important decisions that affect health care as well as Pennsylvania’s hospitals. HAP is supporting the American Hospital Association’s “We Care, We Vote” campaign and is encouraging hospital employees to register to vote and to vote on November 3.

September 16, 2020

House Committee Passes Legislation to Provide Certainty for Health Care Providers

Today, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee passed legislation supporting the health care community in providing care for patients after the COVID-19 pandemic has come under control. The Retaining Healthcare Innovations Act, House Bill 2779, sponsored by Representative Chris Quinn (R-Delaware), ensures that the transition is a gradual return to health care practices for both the provider and the patient by extending waivers and administrative flexibilities for 90 days beyond the end of the emergency declaration.

September 14, 2020

Hearing Stakeholders’ Concerns, CMS Withdraws Medicaid Regulation

In a tweet today, Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Administration would withdraw a proposed Medicaid regulation which stakeholders cautioned would have significant consequences, putting economic pressure on states and negatively impacting Medicaid beneficiaries across the country.