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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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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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Pennsylvania Featured in New Report about States Moving from Federal- to State-based Health Care Marketplaces

October 11, 2019

Pennsylvania is one of six states examined in an Urban Institute report examining an increasing trend among states: a shift from federal- to state-based health care marketplaces.

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HAP and Hospitals Join Forces to Pass Bills that Protect Health Care Workers; You Can Help––Text Healthy Me to 52886

October 10, 2019

Two legislative plans that could be passed by the state legislature this fall would make Pennsylvania health care workers safer.

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It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week––State Agency Highlights that Hospital Stays for Treatment Exceeded One Million Days during 2018

October 09, 2019

Since 1990, the first full week of October has been dedicated as Mental Illness Awareness Week. A new research brief highlights the number of hospital stays for behavioral health treatment, as HAP advocates for expanded access to care.

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Innovative Rural Health Model, Legislation Advances

September 24, 2019

Yesterday, legislation aimed at improving the financial stability of rural hospitals cleared another legislative hurdle and was voted out of the House Health Committee. Senate Bill 314, sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R–Luzerne), would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC), which would serve as the governing body of the new Rural Health Model, which began January 1, 2019, and was formally announced during March.

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News Release: PA Hospitals Support State Budget Deal

June 28, 2019

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, today released the following statement regarding the state General Assembly's approval of state budget plan that will help to continue to expand access to health care at the commonwealth’s hospitals.

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Pennsylvania Health Care Providers Join Forces to Emphasize Importance of Medicaid

June 18, 2019

Leaders from organizations representing Pennsylvania health care providers reinforced the importance of Medicaid during meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  

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Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Settlement Money Remains at Risk; Act Now

June 11, 2019

As efforts to pass a state budget by the June 30 deadline heat up, some lawmakers still want to use money from the Pennsylvania Tobacco Settlement Fund to pay state debt payments. Email your lawmaker now, telling them that all Tobacco Settlement Money should continue to support health care.

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Opinion: In PA, health won out over big tobacco, but it could lose in this year’s budget.

June 11, 2019

In this opinion column, HAP President and CEO Andy Carter addresses the importance of preserving Tobacco Settlement Fund resources for health care.

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State’s Independent Fiscal Office Reports PA Revenues are $866 Million Ahead of Estimates

May 20, 2019

Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office's (IFO)  May 2019 Initial Revenue Estimate shows greater than expected increases in revenues. 

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HAP and Stakeholders Advocate to Preserve Critical Health Care Funding

May 15, 2019

HAP and other stakeholders have submitted a joint letter to the Pennsylvania General Assembly requesting that funding to critical public health initiatives, investments in health research, and safety nets for high need patients continue under the 2019–2020 state budget.

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HAP Launches Grassroots Campaign to Protect Health Care in Pennsylvania

May 09, 2019

Today, HAP launched an urgent grassroots advocacy campaign to protect the use of monies from the Pennsylvania Tobacco Settlement Fund to be used solely for supporting health care needs.

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HAP Supports Changes to Ensure High-Quality Care for Trauma Patients

March 14, 2019

To preserve the high-quality care being provided at Pennsylvania’s trauma centers, Representative Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Representative Michael Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) introduced House Bill 786 this week.

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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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