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February 26, 2021

Senator Casey Outlines Proposal to Boost Medicaid Funding during Economic Crisis

During a media briefing today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) and U.S. Representative Susie Lee (D, NV) introduced legislation that would automatically link federal Medicaid aid to state unemployment levels—a move the lawmakers said would create a “quicker and more responsive” program that strengthens health care coverage during times of crisis.

February 25, 2021

Former PA Health Secretary Testifies during Confirmation Hearing for HHS Post

During a U.S. Senate nomination hearing today, former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine, MD, touted her career in public health advocating for children, battling the opioid crisis, and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic as she begins the confirmation process to serve in a top role in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

February 24, 2021

AHA Report Highlights Financial Fallout from COVID-19

A report released today from the American Hospital Association (AHA) outlines the damaging financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on hospitals and the continued pressures they will face during 2021.

February 10, 2021

Biden Administration Orders Review of Public Charge Rule

President Joe Biden recently issued an executive order asking federal agencies to review the Trump Administration’s public charge rule and other immigration policies that could impact immigrants’ access to health care and other government services.

December 22, 2020

Congress Passes Year-End Package Including COVID-19 Relief, Hospital Priorities, and Surprise Balance Billing Policy

Late Monday night, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed a year-end legislative package that provides critical support for small businesses, workers, and health care providers suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic; offers important relief for hospitals; and addresses the issue of surprise medical bills. The legislation extends funding for the federal government through the end of the federal fiscal year, but additional relief will be necessary during 2021 to continue to support the state’s hospitals and health system.

December 15, 2020

Federal Policymakers Urged to Support Efforts to Manage Health Care Workforce Strain

As communities across the nation see increasing COVID-19 case counts, rising hospitalization rates, and suffer from the fatigue of battling the global pandemic, hospitals continue to look for new ways to address the strain on the health care workforce. In Washington, D.C., federal lawmakers are discussing several proposals to maximize the health care workforce through legislative action and regulatory policy. 

December 08, 2020

HAP Supports New Federal Bill to Improve Maternal Health

Last week, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R–PA) and Sherrod Brown (D–OH) introduced legislation designed to improve health outcomes for millions of new and expectant mothers covered under the federal Medicaid program.