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Coverage Proposals Examined in U.S. House Hearing; Hospitals Advocate to Build on Progress in Expanding Access to Comprehensive Coverage

June 13, 2019

In the face of strong public attention to the affordability of health care and political interest by Democrat Presidential hopefuls in a single-payer regime in which government operates a tax-funded health insurance plan for all residents, in a hearing this week, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee explored policy options to expand access to health coverage.

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Health Care Stakeholders and Payors Weigh in on Future of Value-based Payment

May 21, 2019

A recently released survey indicates nearly two-thirds of responding health care stakeholders and payors believe the transformation to value-based payment is likely another three to five years away.

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Pennsylvania Highlighted for Rural Health Care Innovation

April 10, 2019

The transformative changes hospitals and health systems face are front and center at this year’s American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. During an executive session centered on rural issues, Pennsylvania’s hospitals were highlighted for their innovative work through the Rural Health Model.

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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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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

March 27, 2019

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee with two negative votes. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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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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U.S. HHS Leader Azar Pledges Historic Regulatory Reforms During 2019

March 20, 2019

Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar addressed health care attorneys this week about the role that regulatory reform plays in better health care at a lower cost.

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U.S. House Committee Exercises Oversight of “Skinny” Health Plans

March 15, 2019

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee initiated an oversight investigation into the practices of short-term, limited duration insurance health care plans and insurance brokers. 

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Funding Extension Reintroduced

March 14, 2019

A bipartisan, bicameral group of federal lawmakers today held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act—legislation that would extend and expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic initiative.

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Report about Public Option Signals Problems; Threats to Patient Access to Care and Massive Hospital Funding Cuts

March 12, 2019

Two national hospital groups have released a new report that considers the implications of a policy proposal to make a public health insurance plan fully available on the health exchanges beginning in 2024. 

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News Release: Innovative Pilot Aims to Boost Rural Community Health

March 05, 2019

Members of the hospital community joined Wolf Administration leaders today to announce a new pilot program designed to improve rural community health and provide financial stability for rural hospitals.

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House Democrats Initiate Policy Conversation about ‘Medicare for All’; Funding for Plan is Not Defined

February 27, 2019

The concept of a single-payer health care system, in which government operates a tax-funded health insurance plan for all residents, has been a mainstay of political health care reform discussions for years. As Democrat Presidential hopefuls define their position relative to single-payer, progressive leaders of the Congressional Caucus advocating for “Medicare for All” introduced a sweeping overhaul of the our existing health care system. The plan would transition all Americans into a government-run, single-payer, universal Medicare program over two years, eliminating private insurance. This legislative proposal also calls for providing global budgets to all health care providers in order to contain costs. Global budgets prospectively set the amount of money that can be spent.

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PA Senate Introduces HAP-Supported Bill to Allow APRNs Full Practice Authority

February 27, 2019

Today, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) re-introduced legislation that would give full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). HAP supports the bill, Senate Bill 25, that would modernize the Professional Nursing Law to permit qualified APRNs to practice in their field of specialty independent of a physician after they fulfill a three-year, 3,600-hour collaboration agreement with a physician.

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PA House Committee Dives into DOH and DDAP Budget Requests

February 26, 2019

Appearing before the House Appropriations Committee, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) faced questioning from members of the committee about the department’s budgetary requests for the 2019–2020 fiscal year.

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Ease, Convenience, and Choice Outrank Quality of Care, New Survey Reports

January 25, 2019

According to NRC Health’s 2019 Healthcare Consumer Trends Report, 51 percent of the 223,000 patients surveyed in 2018 selected convenience and access to care as the most important factors in their health care decision-making process.

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