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May 28, 2015
After the end of the second federal marketplace enrollment period, there are new county-level estimates of the number of Americans who picked plans on the health insurance exchange. Enrollment numbers by Pennsylvania county are available.
May 27, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed regulations for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care. The proposed regulations are scheduled to be published on June 1, in the Federal Register.
May 13, 2015
The Pennsylvania Acting Insurance Commissioner, Teresa Miller, is seeking public comment about “essential health benefits” for Pennsylvania.
May 05, 2015
Yesterday, during the American Hospital Association’s annual meeting, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary released the findings of an independent study of savings associated with Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACO).
May 01, 2015
Governor Wolf sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services today indicating that
Pennsylvania seeks to implement a state-based health insurance marketplace for
small businesses and individuals.
The U.S. House and Senate majorities have agreed to a budget blueprint for federal fiscal year (FY) 2016, which calls for $5.3 trillion in spending reductions, and assumes a balanced budget in ten years.
April 30, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to issue resources to help organizations working with the uninsured and the newly insured to understand health coverage and how to access health care.
April 22, 2015
The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee voted unanimously to report Ted Dallas’ nomination as Secretary of Human Services to the full Senate for consideration.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has prepared training and informational guides to help providers, businesses, and community partners assist individuals with enrolling in the new HealthChoices Adult benefits plan—as part of Medicaid expansion.
April 21, 2015
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued an update and notification of changes being implemented to the Medical Assistance provider enrollment process to improve the enrollment process and reduce backlogs of pending applications.
April 17, 2015
The Health Policy Center of the Urban Institute released a report about the “Gains in Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of March 2015.”
March 19, 2015
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) posted an advance copy of the public notice it will file with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicating its intent to submit a state plan amendment to create the new Medicaid Adult benefit plan.
March 17, 2015
The U.S. House Budget Committee unveiled its proposed budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The budget would reduce spending by $5.5 trillion during the next ten years to balance the federal budget.
March 11, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued updated data about the 2015 open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace (both federal and state).
March 10, 2015
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) released an updated timeline detailing Pennsylvania’s steps to transition to traditional Medicaid expansion.