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New Guide Helps Patients to Avoid Unexpected Medical Bills

November 07, 2018

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has partnered with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and America's Health Insurance Plans to develop a new consumer guide to help patients ask the right questions to avoid paying more than expected for health care services.

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News Release: HAP Statement on 2018 Midterm Elections

November 07, 2018

News Release:  Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement after the 2018 midterm election results were finalized. 

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Analysis Finds Short-Term Health Insurance Plans May Cost Less by Offering Less Coverage

November 06, 2018

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis that explores why short-term health insurance plans may cost less than other plans found that savings are often achieved by limiting coverage for pre-existing conditions and by providing less comprehensive benefits.

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ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment Starts Today! Here’s What Pennsylvanians Need to Know

November 01, 2018

The six-week Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, runs today through December 15, 2018. Pennsylvanians who get their insurance through the marketplace, or who are uninsured, should take advantage of this opportunity to get covered and stay covered.

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Under CMS Proposal, Seniors Could Gain More Access to Telemedicine

October 31, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule last week that would increase access to telemedicine services for older adults with Medicare Advantage health plans.

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Responding to New Federal Guidance, Governor Vows to Safeguard ACA Consumer Protections

October 29, 2018

Last week, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania will work to maintain consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the face of the Trump Administration’s new guidance for state innovation waivers.

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HAP Will Monitor Trump Administration Health Insurance Changes; Consumer Education Will be Critical

October 23, 2018

The Trump Administration made back-to-back announcements this week about changes to insurance market policies stemming from the Affordable Care Act. Consumer education will be important.

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New Provider Incentive Payment for Preventive Screening Rates for Children Does Not Violate Anti-Kickback Law

October 22, 2018

A federal agency has cleared the way for a new provider incentive payment focused on keeping children healthier and reducing the impact of chronic disease. 

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Open Enrollment Starts in Two Weeks; HAP, PA Hospitals Encourage Pennsylvanians to Get Covered, Stay Covered

October 19, 2018

With the six-week open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace two weeks away (November 1, 2018, through December 15, 2018), HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals have joined with state government, the insurance community, navigators and assisters, and health care organizations across the state to help Pennsylvanians continue to access affordable, reliable health care coverage.

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HAP Statement on Telemedicine Legislation

October 18, 2018

Despite earning unanimous approval from the full state Senate and the state House Professional Licensure Committee—as well as support from healt...

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Uninsured Rates for Lowest Income Pennsylvanians Have Decreased More than 50 Percent Since Medicaid Expansion

October 18, 2018

While disparities in insurance rates by income levels remain, they have diminished significantly, in Pennsylvania largely due to Medicaid expansion efforts. This information was recently shared in a research brief, Healthcare Insurance Coverage in Pennsylvania 2010 to 2016, prepared by The Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg.

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PA Telemedicine Law Fails to Advance During Last Session Day

October 18, 2018

Despite earning unanimous approval from the full state Senate and the state House Professional Licensure Committee—as well as support from health care advocates across the commonwealth—Senate Bill 780, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), was not able to clear its final legislative hurdle today, the end of the 2017–2018 legislative session.

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New Report Focuses on Experiences of the Most Seriously Ill

October 17, 2018

A new report looks at how those with the most serious illnesses are managing in America, and calls on health care providers and insurers to look at underlying issues that impact the outcome of their life experiences.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week Emphasizes Screening and Eliminating Stigma

October 10, 2018

During 1990, Congress established Mental Illness Awareness Week. The first week in October marks a time for mental health advocates to collectively educate the public about mental illness and fight the stigma attached to this illness. The week also includes National Depression Screening Day, dedicated to raising awareness and screening people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders.

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October is Health Literacy Month; Engage for Health for Better Outcomes and a More Positive Experience

October 08, 2018

October is Health Literacy Month and an excellent opportunity to focus on the importance of patient and family literacy toward achieving better patient outcomes and providing a more positive patient experience.

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