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CMS Reports Show Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is Declining among Those Who Do Not Receive Subsidies

August 16, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week released two reports that identify trends in the individual health insurance marketplace (also known as the exchange) for 2018, and provide insight about the market for 2019. 

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues “Public Charge” Final Rule

August 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week issued a final rule that would impact the ability of lawfully present immigrants to change or prolong their legal immigration status if the federal government determines that they may rely too much on public benefits.  

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CMS Builds on Success of Medicare Blue Button 2.0, Pilots Program to Give Clinicians Claims Data

August 01, 2019

A new federal pilot program will give clinicians direct access to claims data, a critical step to improving patient care.

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Extension of “Excellence in Mental Health” Demonstration Program is Good News for PA

July 31, 2019

Congress passed a short-term extension of a critical behavioral health demonstration program to expand access to mental health and addiction care in community-based settings. Eight pilot states, including Pennsylvania, are impacted.

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Proposed Federal Rule Could Cut SNAP Benefits to Millions, Increase Food Insecurity

July 23, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an upcoming a proposed rule that would limit its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), saving the department a reported $2.5 billion annually and cutting benefits to some three million people.

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Public Health Priorities, Drug Price Transparency and Surprise Medical Billing Legislation Advance through U.S. House Committee

July 19, 2019

This week, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee vetted and approved a panel of bills aimed at promoting public health priorities, protecting...

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PA Hospital Rural Residency Program Receives Federal Recognition, Grant Funding

July 18, 2019

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Lehigh Valley Health Network participated in an event that announced a grant to fund a new rural residency program in the commonwealth.

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New Proposal Seeks to Fund Broadband to Boost Telemedicine in Rural Areas

July 16, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it is seeking comment about its proposed Connected Care Pilot, a program that would help address a key barrier to implementing telemedicine in some rural areas—broadband access.

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President Trump Signs Kidney Health Executive Order, Announces New Kidney Treatment Payment Bundle

July 15, 2019

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to launch the “Advancing American Kidney Health” initiative. The three-pronged executive order is aimed at revamping the way America treats kidney disease.

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News Release: HAP Commends Philadelphia-area Hospitals, Government, Universities for Coming Together to Respond to Hospital Closure

July 09, 2019

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), today released the following statement regarding the hospital community’s response to the announced closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.

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Health Care Costs Legislation Moves Toward Committee Consideration; Includes Patient Protections

June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took steps to advance a package of policies that address health care costs—including a policy to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

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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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HAP Endorsed Partner Vizient Teams Up with Civica Rx to Improve Affordability and Availability of Generic Drugs

June 18, 2019

One of HAP’s endorsed partners, Vizient, will be collaborating with Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that is committed to stabilizing the supply of essential generic medications in a hospital setting.

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Survey Results Reinforce that Hospitals Rely on 340B Funding to Provide Care

June 17, 2019

Findings from a 340B Health survey reveal that the 340B Drug Pricing Program generated average savings of $11.8 million nationally during 2018, and the savings are being used to benefit low-income and rural patients.

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Study Finds Pennsylvania among States with Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

June 14, 2019

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, Pennsylvania has the third highest death rate from drug overdoses (behind Ohio and West Virginia) and mortality rates from drug overdoses were at least five times higher than rates for alcohol-related deaths and about three times higher than suicide rates.

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