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Pennsylvania Featured in New Report about States Moving from Federal- to State-based Health Care Marketplaces

October 11, 2019

Pennsylvania is one of six states examined in an Urban Institute report examining an increasing trend among states: a shift from federal- to state-based health care marketplaces.

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It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week––State Agency Highlights that Hospital Stays for Treatment Exceeded One Million Days during 2018

October 09, 2019

Since 1990, the first full week of October has been dedicated as Mental Illness Awareness Week. A new research brief highlights the number of hospital stays for behavioral health treatment, as HAP advocates for expanded access to care.

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HAP Teams Up with Insurance Department for Health Literacy Month, Supports Programs That Empower Consumers

October 01, 2019

October is Health Literacy Month. HAP is once again partnering with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and other health care and community partners to  help consumers make well-informed decisions.

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Legislation Improving Credentialing Process for Health Care Practitioners Passes Committee

September 18, 2019

The Pennsylvania House Health Committee today unanimously approved HAP-supported legislation that streamlines and improves the insurer credentialing process for health care practitioners.

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HAP Endorses Federal Effort to Protect Patients from Delays in Care, Lauds Rep. Mike Kelly’s Efforts to Standardize Prior Authorization

August 22, 2019

HAP has joined more than 300 patient, physician, health care professional, and other health care stakeholder organizations in expressing support for bipartisan legislation that would help protect patients from unnecessary delays in care.

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ACA Plans Increase Consumer Options; Request Modest Increases

July 31, 2019

Pennsylvania's Insurance Commissioner released the 2020 requested rate filings for health insurance plans, highlighting greater consumer choice.

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33 PA Health Care Groups Agree: Reform Insurance Prior Authorization Practices

July 24, 2019

In HAP’s latest blog, President and CEO Andy Carter shares how a coalition of 33 health care organizations that represent Pennsylvania providers is calling for commonsense reforms to protect against prior authorization red tape that can keep patients from getting the health care they need when they need it.

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Public Health Priorities, Drug Price Transparency and Surprise Medical Billing Legislation Advance through U.S. House Committee

July 19, 2019

This week, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee vetted and approved a panel of bills aimed at promoting public health priorities, protecting...

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Governor Wolf Signs State-Based Health Insurance Exchange Legislation

July 02, 2019

HAP President and CEO Andy Carter joined Governor Tom Wolf, lawmakers, and stakeholders for the signing of House Bill 3, which creates the Health Insurance Exchange Authority to operate a state-based health insurance exchange for individual market plans. 

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Health Care Out-of-pocket Spending among Households with Employer Insurance Varies by State, with PA Families Doing Somewhat Better than Average

May 28, 2019

A recent report from The Commonwealth Fund examines, by state, how much families with employer-based insurance spent on premiums and out-of-pocket costs during 2016-2017. Many families spent thousands of dollars a year, but amounts varied widely among households and from state to state.

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Week in Washington Included Movement on Drug Pricing, Protecting the ACA, Surprise Balance Bills

May 10, 2019

Health care coverage and associated costs took center stage in Washington, D.C. this week, with the U.S. Congress and Trump Administration working to advance policies to address drug prices, health care bills, and access to health coverage.  

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PA Patients and Providers Rally Together for Prior Authorization Reforms

May 01, 2019

Yesterday in Harrisburg, HAP joined patients and other providers to introduce legislation reforming the insurance practice of requiring prior authorization for medical care. Unfortunately, current prior authorization processes can delay the timely delivery of appropriate, medically necessary care.

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Federal Lawmakers and Stakeholders Aligned in Focusing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Balance Bills

April 03, 2019

Broad consensus continues to emerge regarding the need to pursue policy that will protect patients from surprise balance billing.

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HAP Supports a State-based Health Insurance Exchange in Pennsylvania

March 29, 2019

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department is proposing to create a state-based health insurance exchange to better serve Pennsylvanians with a target implementation date of 2021. 

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Future of ACA in Focus as Administration Challenges Law and U.S. House Democrats Reaffirm Support

March 26, 2019

As the U.S. Department of Justice called for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a Texas District Court decision invalidating the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. House Democrats are pursuing a legislative strategy to reinforce patient protections under the ACA and protect the ACA insurance markets from actions by the Trump Administration to undermine the law.

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