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HAP Council Will Support Work of New Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force

August 06, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Karen Murphy, announced the appointment of nationally recognized experts in long-term care management to serve on its recently created Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force.

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Momentum on Federal Mental Health Legislation Builds

August 06, 2015

The committees with oversight for mental health issues in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate intend to work to build consensus and advance mental health reform legislation this fall.

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Health Insurance Exchange Customers Want Reliable Information, Hospitals and Insurers Have Key Role

August 04, 2015

A new study reveals that public health insurance exchange customers are different from those with other sources of insurance coverage, such as employers, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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HHS Releases County-Level Enrollment Data for Federally Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace

July 08, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released county-level enrollment data for the 37 states using the Affordable Care Act’s federally facilitated health insurance marketplace.

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies for Pennsylvania and Other States that Rely on the Federal Health Insurance Exchange

June 25, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6–3 that financial subsidies will continue to be available to support insurance coverage for individuals and families in 34 states, including Pennsylvania, with federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges.

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HAP, Hospital Community Supports Supreme Court Subsidies Ruling

June 25, 2015

News Release: HAP President and CEO Andy Carter issued the following statement after the long-awaited U.S. Supreme Court King v. Burwell decision, ruling in favor of subsidies.

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Legislation Regulating Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators and Assisters Signed Into Law

June 22, 2015

Governor Wolf signed legislation into law that would regulate persons providing assistance to individuals purchasing health insurance coverage through the health insurance marketplace.

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Reminder: DHS Seeking Comments on HealthChoices by June 26; HAP Developing Comments

June 19, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the state’s mandatory Medical Assistance managed care physical health services program, known as HealthChoices.

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Pennsylvania Secures Conditional Approval for State-Based Marketplace

June 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has conditionally approved Pennsylvania’s application to establish a state-based health insurance marketplace.

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Federal Rules Issued to Improve Health Insurer Transparency

June 15, 2015

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury issued final regulations to require greater transparency for consumers in shopping for health care coverage. The regulations apply to group and individual coverage.

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Navigator Registration Bill Poised to Become Law

June 09, 2015

Senate Bill 293, sponsored by Senator John Eichelberger (R-Blair), regulates health insurance navigators and exchange assisters. The legislation is before the state awaiting a final vote on changes made to the bill in the House of Representatives. If approved, it will then go to the Governor.

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CMS Final Medicare Shared Savings Program Rules Provide More Flexibility

June 05, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule, providing more flexibility than was in the proposed rule, for the Medicare shared savings program.

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State Continues Preparing Contingency Plans for King v. Burwell Ruling; Kaiser Estimates Impact and Updates Enrollment Tool

June 03, 2015

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department took the next step in leaving the door open for the state to pursue a supported state-based health insurance marketplace in the event of an adverse Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell expected later this month.

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State Briefs HAP and Other Stakeholders on Plans Regarding King v Burwell

May 29, 2015

Pennsylvania has a strategy in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the King v Burwell case results in a ruling against the use of subsidies in the federal marketplace.

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DHS Issues Request for Information for Physical HealthChoices Program, Hospitals Urged to Respond

May 29, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) issued a request for information (RFI) about its intention to develop a request for proposal for the physical health managed care program, known as HealthChoices. 

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