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Department of Revenue, Independent Fiscal Office among Agencies Heard by General Assembly on First Day of Budget Hearings

February 20, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate and House Appropriations Committees held their first day of budget hearings to review Governor Wolf’s proposed 2018–2019 state budget. 

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New Data Reveals More Rural Hospitals Losing Money

February 07, 2018

During the National Rural Health Association’s 2018 rural health policy institute, new data was presented that reveals that the number of rural hospitals losing money grew to 44 percent over the last year.

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Governor Wolf’s 2018–2019 Budget Sustains Hospital Funding, Work on Reauthorization of Hospital Quality Care Assessment to Begin

February 06, 2018

Today, Governor Wolf introduced his proposed state spending plan for the 2018–2019 fiscal year. The budget maintains 2017–2018 funding levels for hospital payments, while at the same time proposing to significantly increase the contribution to the general fund from the statewide hospital Quality Care Assessment.

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News Release: PA Hospitals: Governor Wolf’s Budget Plan Promising

February 06, 2018

News Release:  Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address to a joint legislative session. Wolf’s proposal would sustain funding for key hospital lines and would allocate additional resources for opioid crisis response. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement.

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New Trend Reports Speak to the Nation’s Broken Medical Liability System

January 31, 2018

The American Medical Association has released trend reports that look at the price Americans pay for the nation’s medical liability system.

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Senate Committee Considers House Health-Related Legislation

November 14, 2017

This week, the Pennsylvania Senate returned to session after briefly breaking following the final passage of state budget legislation. Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee resumed business by considering three different legislative proposals.

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Pennsylvania Awarded Federal Grant to Support Evidence-Based Home Visit Programs

November 14, 2017

Governor Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services received a federal grant of $11.7 million in support of a state program that benefits Pennsylvania’s families.

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2.9 Million Pennsylvanians Insured through Medicaid and CHIP; New Data from CMS

November 03, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a preliminary August 2017 report and supporting data on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment stats earlier this week.

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Report Finds Drop in Uncompensated Care, Outpatient Growth for PA’s Non-Acute and Specialty Hospitals

October 31, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its Annual Report on the Financial Health of Pennsylvania Non-General Acute Care Hospitals, finding that uncompensated care saw a decrease of 17 percent or $3.3 million in fiscal year 2016. Specialty hospitals saw the largest percent point decrease, followed by psychiatric and long-term acute care

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PA Senate Committee Approves Bed Registry Legislation

October 17, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted Senate Bill 179 out of committee.  Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the legislation instructs the Department of Health to create a statewide psychiatric inpatient bed registry to identify available beds in real time across the commonwealth.

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DHS Begins Sending Community HealthChoices Consumer Packets in Southwest Zone

October 03, 2017

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will implement Community HealthChoices (CHC) in the Southwest Zone effective January 1, and has started mailing pre-enrollment packages to eligible participants. Consumers are being asked to select their health plan, and individuals who do not select a plan by November 13 will be assigned to a plan.

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U.S. Senate Abandons Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Repeal and Replace Proposal

September 26, 2017

Faced with a tide of opposition from health care stakeholders, advocates, patients and consumers, the U.S. Senate abandoned an effort to vote on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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PHC4 Releases 2016 Financial Analysis for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

September 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its fiscal year 2016 financial analysis for ambulatory surgery centers, saying their operating and total margins remained steady at about 25.5 percent.

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PHC4 Releases 2016 Financial Analysis for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

September 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council released its fiscal year 2016 financial analysis for ambulatory surgery centers, stating that operating and total margins remained steady in the 25 percent range, similar to fiscal year 2015.

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States That Expanded Medicaid Are Reducing Uninsured Amongst Minority Populations; Outreach Important to Sustaining Coverage Gains

August 22, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund recently released a report that shows that the decision by states, such as Pennsylvania, to expand Medicaid has resulted in 2016 uninsured rates for lower-income whites, blacks, and Latinos that were born in the United States dropping below 10 percent. 

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