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Lawmakers Look to Medicare Advantage Program to Test Health Care Innovation

May 11, 2018

A Congressional committee hearing focused on how the Medicare Advantage program can help improve quality and health outcomes.

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Survey Finds Coverage Gains under ACA Beginning to Reverse

May 01, 2018

Findings from the latest Commonwealth Fund tracking survey demonstrate that the increased number of individuals covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is beginning to reverse.

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HAP-Supported Bill to Curb Opioids, Reform Workers Comp Sent to Governor

April 17, 2018

Yesterday evening, the Pennsylvania House voted 101-92 to approve HAP-supported legislation to curb the use of opioids by injured workers and to better the commonwealth’s workers’ compensation system.

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Court Rules against DHS in HealthChoices Bid Protests, HAP Assessing Next Steps

April 13, 2018

This week, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled against the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) in three separate appeals from bidders involved in the HealthChoices procurement process. HAP staff reviewed the court documents and have contacted DHS for its analysis of the future of the HealthChoices program.

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CMS Finalizes Rules Governing Health Insurance Marketplaces

April 10, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday issued its final rule impacting insurance plans offered on the health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. 

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How Different Generations Engage in Health Care: New Report Provides Insights

March 26, 2018

An online survey about consumer-driven health care reveals the differences in consumer engagement in health care by generational groups. These findings can help employers and providers improve their connections with these populations. 

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Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Recommends Acting Insurance Commissioner, Full Senate Follows with Confirmation Vote; Also Confirms Miller, Levine, and Smith

March 20, 2018

Acting Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman received a favorable recommendation from the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today, paving the way for her final confirmation vote late this afternoon.

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Senate Health and Human Services Committee Advances Four Bills Impacting Health

March 20, 2018

Earlier today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee reported four bills intended to improve access to care, improve data collection on a key public health concern, and evaluate how the commonwealth protects the health and welfare of children.

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Pennsylvania’s Acting Health Care Secretaries Face Committee for Confirmation

March 19, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania’s Health and Human Services Committee held the next step in the confirmation process to formally place the acting secretaries for Pennsylvania’s three health agencies.

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DHS Responds to PA Hospitals Questions as Community HealthChoices Rollout Nears

December 15, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is on track to implement Phase One of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s new Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program in 14 southwestern counties on January 1, 2018.

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CMS Updates Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model

November 27, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced updates for its Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model. The agency plans to expand the model from the seven states, including Pennsylvania, that are currently participating to 25 states by 2019.

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State Delays Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices Program, Allowing More Time to Learn from Initial Rollout in West

November 06, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that it is delaying the start dates for Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s new Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program. DHS says it wants to learn from the Phase 1 rollout and allow time to make any necessary adjustments before implementing further phases.   

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Survey Shows Communication Gaps Between Health Plans and Members

October 18, 2017

A recent survey from HealthMine Health Intelligence Solution identifies important communication gaps between health plans and plan members.

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State Releases Individual and Small Group Insurance Rates; Individual Rate Increases Reflect Federal Elimination of CSR Payments

October 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has released the final 2018 rates for individual and small group health insurance products that comply with the reforms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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DHS Begins Sending Community HealthChoices Consumer Packets in Southwest Zone

October 03, 2017

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will implement Community HealthChoices (CHC) in the Southwest Zone effective January 1, and has started mailing pre-enrollment packages to eligible participants. Consumers are being asked to select their health plan, and individuals who do not select a plan by November 13 will be assigned to a plan.

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