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U.S. Senate Considers Health Care Workforce Challenges

May 22, 2018

A hearing today before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee considered strains the health care workforce is experiencing as it works to meet the needs of patients, as well as federal programs underway that support the recruitment, training, and retention of medical professionals.

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Workshop Highlights Opioid Best Practices, Features Remarks from PA Secretary of Health

May 21, 2018

Hospital and health system clinical leaders, as well as members of the health care community, met today in Harrisburg to participate in an opioid workshop and discuss best practices and new ideas to address the crisis in Pennsylvania.

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New Federal Proposal for Strengthening the Health Care Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 16, 2018

Newly introduced legislation, the Opioid Workforce Act of 2018, would strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis. The act incentivizes the training of physicians specialized in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and pain management. 

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U.S. Senate Committee Considers Impact of 340B Program in Helping Hospitals Serve Their Communities in the Face of High Drug Prices

May 15, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a second hearing on the 340B Drug Pricing Program to examine its federal oversight and consider avenues to strengthen program integrity and promote transparency.

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President Trump Announces Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices

May 11, 2018

President Donald J. Trump released a blueprint to lower drug prices, identifying immediate actions and opportunities within federal payment programs. Those priorities include increasing competition, improving negotiation, incentivizing lower list prices, and lowering out-of-pocket costs.

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Lawmakers Look to Medicare Advantage Program to Test Health Care Innovation

May 11, 2018

A Congressional committee hearing focused on how the Medicare Advantage program can help improve quality and health outcomes.

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U.S. House Committee Approves Package to Respond to Opioid Crisis

May 09, 2018

Building on areas of agreement, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee advanced 25 bills intended to help respond to the opioid epidemic.

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National Rural Health Council Announces Rural Health Strategy

May 08, 2018

A new national rural health strategy aims to make rural health care accessible, affordable, and accountable. The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Rural Health Council (RHC) developed the strategy with rural stakeholder and consumer input.

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CMS’ Verma Shares Vision for Better Health; Identifies Regulatory Reform as Key Piece

May 07, 2018

One of the nation’s top health experts shared her vision for better health care with hospital leaders.

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Survey Finds Coverage Gains under ACA Beginning to Reverse

May 01, 2018

Findings from the latest Commonwealth Fund tracking survey demonstrate that the increased number of individuals covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is beginning to reverse.

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Federal Opioid Packages Advance in Congressional Committees

April 26, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee and U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee approved legislative packages designed to take next steps at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic.

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Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

April 23, 2018

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

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PA Receives $26 Million in 21st Century CURE Acts Funding to Fuel the Commonwealth’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

April 19, 2018

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released $485 million in second year funding for the Opioid State Targeted Response grants.  The grants were awarded to 57 states and territories, including $26 million for Pennsylvania, to enhance efforts to combat the opioid crisis. 

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Pennsylvania Hospital Emphasize Connection Between Food Insecurity and Health; Call for Support for Federal Nutrition Programs

April 17, 2018

In anticipation of the Farm Bill that was released this past week, HAP hosted an informational listening session in Washington D.C. for members of the Pennsylvania delegation and members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Congressman G. T. Thompson (PA-05) and Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) were among the participants of a hospital and community stakeholder listening session focusing on how hospitals and health systems are working to address food insecurity.

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Federal Policymakers Continue to Pursue Solutions to Opioid Epidemic

April 12, 2018

On the heels of investing nearly $4 billion in new resources to tackle the opioid epidemic in the recently enacted fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations act, Congressional committees are vetting new policy avenues to improve the response to the opioid crisis. 

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