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Bipartisan Governors Call for Consensus and Focus on Value in Health Care Reform

February 23, 2018

Governors John Hickenlooper (D, CO), John Kasich (R, OH), Brian Sandoval (R, NV), Bill Walker (I, AK), and Tom Wolf (D, PA) issued a new health care blueprint outlining bipartisan principles and strategies to improve our nation’s health care system by promoting affordability, stability, and flexibility.

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Study Finds Missed Medical Appointments Not Affected by Free Ride Services

February 14, 2018

Patient ride-sharing services have become popular among hospitals and others as a way to help patients keep their medical appointments. Transportation to medical appointments often has been cited as a barrier to medical care. New study results indicate that such services may not be as effective as previously thought.

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President Issues Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request

February 12, 2018

President Trump released a $4 trillion federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request which defines funding priorities for discretionary spending and outlines legislative proposals. The budget proposal places a focus on tackling the opioid epidemic and addressing drug prices, and envisions significant policy changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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News Release: U.S. Congress Includes Key Hospital Priorities in Spending Plan

February 09, 2018

News Release:  Early this morning, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that raises the debt ceiling, reallocates the current budget caps for defense and domestic discretionary programs, and temporarily funds the government through March 23. The spending plan also contains several hospital priorities.

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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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Telemedicine Bill Gets Full Support in State Senate Committee

January 30, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation that would increase access to telemedicine services in the commonwealth.

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News Release: Telemedicine Legislation Clears Key Committee Vote

January 30, 2018

News Release:  Legislation to put Pennsylvania on track to becoming a telemedicine-friendly state cleared an important vote today. Senate Bill 780, sponsored by State Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), gained unanimous approval from the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

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New Medicare Card Campaign Launches; Information and Resources Now Available

January 29, 2018

CMS has launched a New Medicare Card campaign, designed to make beneficiaries, families, caregivers, and advocates aware of the process, and to help them protect against scams.

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House Professional Licensure Committee Tackles Challenges of Nurse Collaborative Agreements

January 24, 2018

Today, the House Professional Licensure Committee held an informational meeting for legislators to learn more about the mechanics of collaborative agreements between certified nurse practitioners (CNP) and physicians. The meeting was prompted by legislative interest in HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100 which would allow CNPs to care for patients without a collaborative agreement after 3,600 hours or three years working with a physician.

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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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27 Providers to PA Congressional Delegation: Act Now on Essential Policy Matters

January 18, 2018

Members of Congress face a January 19 deadline to provide full or partial funding for the federal government. As negotiations continue, a number of outstanding issues important to Pennsylvania’s health care community remain unfinished. Yesterday, health care providers serving Pennsylvania patients and families presented a unified voice that Congress should immediately act “on a series of health care policy matters that are essential to maintaining access to health insurance coverage and care for Pennsylvania families.”

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CMS Issues Guidance Permitting States to Introduce Medicaid Work Requirements

January 11, 2018

Early today, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued policy guidance to state Medicaid agencies describing how states can impose work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility for able-bodied, working age adults. 

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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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