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American Hospital Association Names Human Trafficking a Key Focus for 2019 Anti-violence Initiative

January 18, 2019

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative has named human trafficking as a main focus area for 2019

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U.S. Senate Leaders Highlight Health Care Priorities for 2019

January 11, 2019

Although the partial government shutdown continues to dominate legislative attention, committee leaders are in the process of formally organizing, and setting the agenda and priorities for the 116th Congress.

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For 2017, Uncompensated Care in Pennsylvania Goes Down as National Trend Remains Steady

January 09, 2019

The American Hospital Association recently issued a report stating that United States hospitals provided $38.4 billion worth of uncompensated medical care during 2017.

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Federal Court Ruling Blocks Detrimental Payment Cut Impacting 340B Hospitals

December 28, 2018

The D.C. District Court blocked a nearly 30 percent payment cut impacting many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program—a program that helps hospitals and patients manage the ever-increasing burden of prescription drug costs.

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Lawmakers Taking Action in Face of Texas Court Ruling about Affordable Care Act

December 27, 2018

A number of state and federal lawmakers plan to fight to protect the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act during early 2019.

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Congress Advances Maternal Health Legislation

December 20, 2018

In response to increasing alarm over rising maternal mortality rates and heightened attention to maternal health outcomes, Congress passed two important pieces of legislation designed to prevent maternal deaths and increase access to maternity care.

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Open Enrollment Continues to Lag with One Day Left; Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Get Covered, Stay Covered

December 14, 2018

With just one day remaining during the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace, 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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House Republications introduce Bills to Increase Health Care Access in Rural Communities

December 13, 2018

As part of the U.S. House Ways and Means Medicare Red Tape Relief Project, House Republican members this week introduced a package of health care-related bills, which puts a spotlight on two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing access in rural communities.

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Congress Approves Compromise Farm Bill that Safeguards Key Nutrition Assistance

December 12, 2018

Federal lawmakers reached a bipartisan, bicameral compromise that reauthorizes the Farm Bill, including key investments in nutrition assistance resources—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. Pennsylvania hospitals have called for support for SNAP as an important tool to help address food insecurity. Healthy food access is among the top social determinants of health.

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HAP and Pennsylvania Providers Voice Health Care Consequences of Proposed “Public Charge” Immigration Policy

December 11, 2018

Pennsylvania hospitals and statewide organizations representing health care providers that serve Pennsylvania patients urged federal policymakers to reconsider a proposed immigration policy that will have direct consequences for the health of millions of lawfully present families and, in turn, impact the health of all citizens and communities.

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Hospitals Seek to Overturn New Payment Policy Jeopardizing Community Care

December 06, 2018

In a lawsuit filed this week, hospitals and hospital advocates—including the American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)—argued that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is acting outside the law by imposing a harmful new payment policy that reduces reimbursement and jeopardizes the ability of hospitals to meet the needs of their patients in community-based settings.

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U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, Labor Release Health Care Competition Report

December 04, 2018

In fulfillment of an October, 2017, presidential Executive Order, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor today released a report intended to make recommendations that would facilitate a high-quality, affordable health care system by promoting choice and competition.

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GAO Releases Recommendations for CMS about Managed Care Encounter Data Reporting

November 20, 2018

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) give states more information to ensure regulatory compliance regarding encounter data reliability in managed care organizations (MCO). The GAO found that CMS has provided states with limited information on how to fulfill new regulatory requirements related to encounter data reliability.

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Under ACA, Employment Rates and Employer-sponsored Insurance Rose along with Coverage Expansion

November 16, 2018

New analysis indicates that health insurance coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act were well-targeted to workers and their dependents who most needed help.

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VIDEO: HAP Digs Deep into Election Results, Implications for PA Hospitals

November 15, 2018

HAP's Andy Carter and association advocates dig into the election results and analyze what they mean for the future of health care in Pennsylvania.

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