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Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Plan to Avoid Government Shutdown

April 28, 2017

Both houses of Congress approved a one-week stopgap spending measure today. This short-term continuing resolution easily cleared both the House and the Senate.

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CMS Releases New Data on Race, Ethnicity and Language for the 2017 Open Enrollment Period

April 27, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released health disparities data for the 2017 health insurance open enrollment period.

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ACA Opponents Near Possible Agreement on Repeal Proposal

April 26, 2017

Last night, legislative language for the latest repeal-and-replace proposal was released in an effort to revive the American Health Care Act. The proposal is the result of efforts by Congressmen Mark Meadows and Tom MacArthur to make changes to the proposed bill that would attract enough support to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Senate Votes Affirmatively to Advance Nurse Practitioner Legislation

April 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate voted to send Senate Bill 25 to the House of Representatives, with 39 voting for the bill, and 10 voting against it. Senate Bill 25 allows certified nurse practitioners to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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American Hospital Association and National Urban League Team Up to Advance Health Equity

April 26, 2017

The American Hospital Association and the National Urban League have announced an alliance to advance health equity and diversity in health care. This new alliance builds upon the momentum of the #123forEquity campaign.

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HAP Says Key Hospital Report Underscores Need for Access to Affordable Health Care in Pennsylvania

April 26, 2017

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today made public its financial analysis report for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The PHC4 report highlights the complexities of Pennsylvania’s health care landscape. 

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Stroke Center Update Legislation Receives Senate Committee Vote

April 25, 2017

As noted by the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), May is Stroke Awareness Month, and today’s committee vote to update the stroke designation law is aptly timed. The committee unanimously voted House Bill 23 out of the Senate committee.

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Report Provides Recommendations for Strengthening Health Insurance Marketplace Websites

April 24, 2017

The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released a report evaluating federal and state-based marketplace websites for health insurance enrollment. The progress report is an analysis of how the exchanges are providing resources to enroll consumers in health insurance coverage.

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Challenges Remain Around ACA Subsidy Payments After Meeting with CMS Administrator

April 21, 2017

Senior representatives from major health insurers met with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ leadership earlier this week, seeking clarity for Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidy funding for the cost sharing reduction program.

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GAO Report Highlights Insufficient Payment of Services as a Barrier to Adoption of Telehealth Services

April 21, 2017

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recognizes the potential telehealth has to improve or maintain quality of care, but adoption of telehealth lacks due to insufficient reimbursement for services. 

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House Republicans Continue Work on Possible AHCA Deal, Pennsylvania Hospitals Remain Opposed

April 20, 2017

Media outlets have started to report about a possible ACA repeal and replace deal. Pennsylvania hospitals continue to oppose any such efforts without an appropriate replacement to ensure continued coverage for Pennsylvanians who have benefited from the ACA.

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PA Awarded $26 Million in Federal Funding to Help Combat Opioid Abuse Crisis

April 20, 2017

US Department of Health and Human Services announced the award of $485 million in grants to help all 50 states and four territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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CMS Highlights Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Difference in Medicare Advantage Population in New Report

April 20, 2017

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its second comprehensive report on disparities in health care among Medicare Advantage enrollees. The report looks at disparities in gender in quality of health care across 24 clinical care measures and eight patient experience measures using the Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey.

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U.S. Senators Propose Limitations on Opioid Prescriptions; HAP Hosting Opioid Workshops

April 19, 2017

In an ongoing effort by Congress to fight drug addiction and abuse, U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill to impose strict limits on certain opioid prescriptions. The bill sponsors’ home states of New York and Arizona enacted similar legislation.

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National Minority Health Month Put Focus on Health Disparities

April 19, 2017

April is National Minority Health Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. Seventy-two Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are among the 1,500 across the nation that have pledged to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable, and safe care through the American Hospital Association (AHA) #123forEquity Campaign to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

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