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Support Builds for Federal Opioid Workforce Act

December 05, 2019

Support continues to build for a federal effort to train more doctors equipped to combat the opioid epidemic and help alleviate the doctor shortage, with the introduction of S. 2892, the Opioid Workforce Act in the U.S. Senate.

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VA Reports that Veterans’ Use of Telemedicine on the Rise

December 03, 2019

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently reported that more than 900,000 Veterans used telemedicine services during fiscal year (FY) 2019, up 17 percent from the previous year. This correlates to 2.6 million episodes of telemedicine care during FY 2019.

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HAP Provides Input about Improving Health Care Outcomes in Underserved Communities

November 27, 2019

As federal policymakers grapple with the continuous threat of rural hospital closures and increased strain on urban hospitals, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee’s Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force asked for feedback related to factors that influence patient outcomes and input about policy options that can improve care delivery and health outcomes within these communities.

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New Analysis Shows Lower-income Children in Rural Areas Lack Access to Oral Health Care

November 26, 2019

While Pennsylvania may have enough dentists per capital to treat the state’s patients, a new study found that there is wide geographic and economic disparity in access to oral health care services.

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Streamlined Credentialing for Physician Proposal Passes House

November 22, 2019

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House passed House Bill 533, which will eliminate unwarranted delays by health insurers in credentialing applicants for inclusion in their network.

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Rural Health Redesign Bill Moves to Governor’s Desk on National Rural Health Day; Challenges Remain

November 21, 2019

On National Rural Health Day, a number of efforts are being put forth to improve care in rural areas, including the Rural Health Redesign Bill, which would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Center Fund. The bill recently passed the State Senate and the House and is now on its way to Governor Wolf’s desk.

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Urban Health Care Challenges Spotlighted in Hospital Roundtable with Federal Officials

November 18, 2019

In the wake of the recent closure of Hahnemann University Hospital, Congressman Dwight Evans (D, PA-03)—a member of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee—convened hospitals and health care stakeholders to engage in a conversation with policymakers, including Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D, MA-01), about safeguarding care in urban communities.

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Pennsylvania Performing Well according to Updated Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard

November 14, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued the first annual update to its Medicaid and CHIP scorecard with the addition of new data points, measures, and improved functions to access data. Pennsylvania is performing well.

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HAP Expresses Support for SB 25 During Nurse Practitioner Week

November 12, 2019

In recognition of Nurse Practitioner Week, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is expressing its support for Senate Bill 25. The bill, sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), would allow 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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HAP Hosts Listening Session on Population Health Planning at Meadville Medical Center

November 07, 2019

During a listening session held at Meadville Medical Center, HAP and six hospitals educated regional state legislators about population health and wellness initiatives.

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HAP Urges Pennsylvanians to Take Advantage of Marketplace Open Enrollment

November 07, 2019

During an in-depth segment on NBC10’s @Issue, HAP President and CEO Andy Carter encouraged Pennsylvanians who are uninsured or currently covered through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace to take advantage of this year’s Open Enrollment. 

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ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment Starts Today. What Pennsylvanians Need to Know

November 01, 2019

The six-week Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov runs today through December 15, 2019. Pennsylvanians who get their insurance through the marketplace, or who are uninsured, are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get covered and stay covered. Despite what you may be hearing about the future of the ACA, these plans still have important consumer protections and benefits and they are available for coverage in 2020.

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HAP-supported Telemedicine Bill Secures Senate Approval, Heads to House

October 30, 2019

The State Senate today passed HAP-supported telemedicine legislation, Senate Bill 857, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), and sent the bill to the House for consideration. As passed by the Senate, the bill will ensure broader access to health care services for all Pennsylvanians, especially those in medically underserved areas of the state.

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U.S. House Takes Action to Promote Health Care Workforce, Transparency on Pharmacy Benefit Managers

October 29, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. House unanimously approved a series of bills poised to improve and strengthen our nation’s health care system by investing in health care workforce development and training programs; and authorizing new tools to improve the availability of information regarding drug prices.

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HAP Continues to Advocate for Patients’ Timely Access to Care

October 28, 2019

In Harrisburg today, patients, providers, and health care advocates joined legislative leaders in the state Capitol for a press conference in support of legislation to relieve patients and providers from excessive insurance red tape.

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