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Report Quantifies Burden of Multiple Chronic Conditions

September 20, 2017

A new report, seeking to outline and quantify the key challenges of multiple chronic conditions found that with each additional chronic condition, health care costs more than double, so that treating a patient with four chronic conditions could cost as much as 16 times more than a patient with only one condition could.

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Governor Wolf Joins Bipartisan Group of Governors to Oppose Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Amendment

September 19, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf has joined a group of ten bipartisan governors from across the country to send a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to express their opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment, the Senate’s last-ditch proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before budget reconciliation rules expire on September 30. Under current reconciliation rules, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment would only require a simple majority of senators vote to approve the measure.

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Wolf Administration Declares September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month

September 19, 2017

Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller and Drug and Alcohol Programs Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith recently held a joint press event to educate expectant mothers and the public on the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant and to announce that Governor Wolf has declared September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month in the commonwealth.

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The Federal Government Wants to Reduce Health Care Red Tape? Here’s Pennsylvania Hospitals’ Wish List!

September 13, 2017 | Andy Carter

The Federal Government Wants to Reduce Health Care Red Tape? Here’s Pennsylvania Hospitals’ Wish List!

Our federal government says it wants to reduce the unnecessary red tape that is holding back American innovation and driving up the costs of goods and services—including those related to health care. On behalf of Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems, I am pleased to say that we want to help with that.

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Tackling the high price of medications in PA:  Why target 340B, a program for vulnerable patients and hospitals?

August 11, 2017 | Jolene Calla

Tackling the high price of medications in PA: Why target 340B, a program for vulnerable patients and hospitals?

Pennsylvanians, like all Americans, are concerned about how much they pay for prescription drugs. Taking the right medication in the right way is crucial to the health of many Americans. About half of us take prescription medications of some kind. But how are we to take our medications if we cannot afford to pay for them?

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