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PA Sees More Than 389,000 Open Enrollment Sign-ups During 2017; Hospitals Play Key Role

February 09, 2018

Despite the shortened health insurance Open Enrollment period, November 1, 2017–December 15, 2017, Pennsylvania was able to pull in 389,081 health insurance sign-ups.

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CHIP Funded in Deal to Reopen the Government; Outstanding Priorities Remain Unresolved

January 22, 2018

Congress has included a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a legislative package that reopens the government after a two-and-a-half day federal government shutdown, and sets February 8 as the next deadline for Congressional action.

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News Release: Federal Government Shuts Down, PA Health Care Community Faces Uncertainty

January 20, 2018

News Release: Congress yesterday failed to pass legislation to keep the federal government funded and address important health care policy priorities. In the wake of a federal government shutdown, the future of many essential health care programs remains unknown. In response, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement.

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Coverage Affordability, Drug Prices, and Opioid Epidemic Featured in U.S. Senate Hearings

January 09, 2018

During a hearing to vet Alex Azar, the nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee focused questions on the affordability of health insurance coverage, strategies to address skyrocketing drug prices, and the federal response to the opioid epidemic. 

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Kaiser Foundation Analysis Shows Individual Insurance Market Is Stabilizing

January 08, 2018

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released an analysis of the individual insurance market through third quarter 2017. The analysis suggests that individual insurance market financial performance has improved.

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Proposed Rule Seeks to Expand Options for Employer Sponsored Coverage

January 04, 2018

A proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor would provide new flexibility under the federal ERISA law to allow employers to join together in an employer group or association to offer employer-sponsored health care coverage.

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As Open Enrollment Winds Down, Report Measures Big Progress in Access to Care

December 14, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund compared state trends in access to affordable health care between 2013 and 2016 and found that 47 states saw their adult uninsured rates drop by five percentage points or more in the first three years following the Affordable Care Act. With 2018 Open Enrollment ending tomorrow, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals are urging individuals to make plan selections and complete enrollment by December 15. 

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Rate of Health Care Spending Growth Decreases

December 13, 2017

According to a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), overall health spending grew by 4.3 percent during 2016, as compared to 5.8 percent in 2015.

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PA Hospitals, Governor Urge Residents to Enroll for Coverage by December 15

December 11, 2017

Friday marks the deadline for the 2018 federal Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment and HAP, Pennsylvania’s hospitals, and Governor Tom Wolf are reminding individuals to make plan selections and complete enrollment by Friday, December 15.

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News Release: HAP Statement about U.S. Senate-Passed Tax Plan

December 04, 2017

During Saturday, December 2, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Following the vote, Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) released the following statement.

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Marketplace Open Enrollment in PA: 124,000 Plan Selections So Far, Hospitals Continue to Push for Coverage

November 30, 2017

During the first four weeks of open enrollment (November 1–25), Pennsylvania has had 124,081 plan selections in the Health Insurance Marketplace via the HealthCare.gov platform.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7—Beneficiaries Should Review Options

November 28, 2017

Medicare Open Enrollment provides an opportunity for all Medicare beneficiaries to consider their health care coverage. The Medicare Open Enrollment period closes on December 7, 2017.

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Pennsylvania Sees 100,000 Insurance Sign-ups During First Three Weeks; PA Hospitals Urge Consumers to Continue Signing Up for Health Care Coverage

November 22, 2017

During the first three weeks of open enrollment (November 1–18), Pennsylvania has had 101,286 plan selections for health insurance enrollment. Nearly 800,000 people have selected health plans using the HealthCare.gov platform. This puts nationwide open enrollment selections near 2.3 million during the first three weeks of open enrollment, including more than 550,000 new consumers.

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American College of Physicians Highlights the Need for Increased Transparency; HAP’s Care in PA Provides Quality and Price Transparency in Pennsylvania

November 21, 2017

A recently released report from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recognizes transparency efforts to mend the fragmentation of health care. The report provides recommendations to improve transparency to address cost and quality challenges.

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Individual Mandate Repeal Included in U.S. Senate Tax Reform Legislation

November 15, 2017

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has included policy in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would, in effect, repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by eliminating the penalty that individuals who do not maintain health coverage must pay.

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