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Workshop Highlights Opioid Best Practices, Features Remarks from PA Secretary of Health

May 21, 2018

Hospital and health system clinical leaders, as well as members of the health care community, met today in Harrisburg to participate in an opioid workshop and discuss best practices and new ideas to address the crisis in Pennsylvania.

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New Federal Proposal for Strengthening the Health Care Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 16, 2018

Newly introduced legislation, the Opioid Workforce Act of 2018, would strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis. The act incentivizes the training of physicians specialized in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and pain management. 

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PA Launches Campaign to Build Awareness and Enrollment for CHIP

May 15, 2018

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) launched CHIP Strong, a public awareness campaign reminding families that get health coverage for their children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The campaign’s federally funded television, radio, and social media messages highlight this high-quality health insurance, which includes dental and vision coverage.

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Americans Less Confident They Can Pay for Their Health Care

May 14, 2018

New findings from the Commonwealth Fund's Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tracking Survey show that Americans’ confidence in their ability to afford their health care continues to decline.

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New Report Highlights Integrated Health Approach to Help Youth Impacted by Traumatic Events

May 10, 2018

A new report shows that nearly half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. An integrated health approach can help them cope and live healthier lives.

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News Release: PHC4 Report Underscores Need for Financially Strong Hospital Community

May 08, 2018

News Release:  The latest analysis from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) underscores the need for the hospital community to remain financially strong.

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HAP Statement: Pennsylvania’s Hospitals Provide Cutting-Edge Care and So Much More

May 07, 2018

In celebration of National Hospital Week (May 7–12), Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania...

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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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AHA Opposes Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Insurance Policies; Details Potentially Negative Impact in Comment Letter

April 25, 2018

The American Hospital Association (AHA) this week submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, emphasizing concern surrounding a proposed federal rule amending the definition of short-term, limited-duration health insurance policies. The AHA cautioned the rule would undermine efforts to promote greater enrollment in coverage that provides vital consumer protections, ultimately reducing costs by balancing insurance market risk pools.

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Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

April 23, 2018

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

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Study Shows Value of Medicaid in Providing Access to Care and Preventive Services

April 11, 2018

A study conducted by the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) found that adults and children in a Medicaid health plan had significantly better access to care and preventive services than did people with no health coverage.

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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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More than 389,000 Pennsylvanians Sign Up for Health Insurance under the ACA, Part of More than 11.8 Million Nationwide

April 04, 2018

During the 2018 open enrollment period (November 1–December 15, 2017), 389,081 Pennsylvanians signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.

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New Kaiser Poll Shows Americans Value Having Health Insurance

April 03, 2018

Recently released findings from the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll for March 2018 show that Americans, including those in the non-group market, value having health insurance. 

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Increased Powers for FDA to Fight Opioid Crisis May Be Coming

March 27, 2018

A U.S. Senate Committee Chairman has introduced two draft bills designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority to address the opioid crisis.

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