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Marketplace Enrollment Maps Include Data by Pennsylvania County

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.

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CMS Issues Proposed Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Regulations, First Update in Over a Decade

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.

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Pennsylvania Insurance Department Seeking Comment on Essential Health Benefits

May 13, 2015

The Pennsylvania Acting Insurance Commissioner, Teresa Miller, is seeking public comment about “essential health benefits” for Pennsylvania.

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HHS Releases Report Showing Savings of Pioneer ACOs; HAP Hosting Payment Reform Summit in September

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).

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Wolf Administration Takes Steps to Transition to State-Based Health Insurance Marketplace

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.

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Federal Budget Conference Agreement Reached

May 01, 2015

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.

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CMS Releases New Toolkit to Help Entities Working with the Uninsured

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.

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Secretary of Human Services Nomination Moves to Senate for Consideration

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.

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DHS Provides Additional Resources to Help Providers Understand and Transition to New HealthChoices Plan

April 22, 2015

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.

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DHS to Expedite and Simplify Provider Enrollment Process

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.

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DHS Publishes Notice for New Adult Benefit Plan for Medicaid Expansion

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.

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U.S. House Majority Releases FY 2016 Budget

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.

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HHS Releases Updated Open Enrollment Data

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).

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DHS Releases Detailed Medicaid Expansion Timeline

March 10, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) released an updated timeline detailing Pennsylvania’s steps to transition to traditional Medicaid expansion.

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