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Medicare Advantage Enrollees May Have More Access to Telehealth Services

April 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule updating the Medicare Advantage program to allow for innovative plan design and more choices for patients. The popularity of Medicare Advantage plans has been on the rise and new flexibilities, including additional telehealth and nontraditional benefits will likely continue this trend. 

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AHA Releases Report, Resources on Telehealth

March 01, 2019

The American Hospital Association (AHA) Center for Health Innovation released the second in a series of new market intelligence tools for hospital and health system leaders. Telehealth: A Path to Virtual Integrated Care is based on information and insights from interviews with hospital and health system leaders and other health care experts, surveys of hospital and health systems, and a number of health care reports and research articles.

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HAP Congratulates New Committee Chairs, Health Committee Leaders

January 08, 2019

Pennsylvania’s state legislature released committee chair announcements for the 2019–2020 legislative session and there will be a few new faces in the role of chair for the House Health Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

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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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Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Research Options, Shop for Health Care Coverage

November 09, 2018

During the first week of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance marketplace, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that more than 371,000 individuals selected insurance plans via HealthCare.gov. Pennsylvanians have through December 15 to get covered and stay covered.

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Award-winning Tech Expert Highlights Value of Telemedicine

November 08, 2018

Across the nation, telemedicine (also known as telehealth, connected care, and virtual care) is helping patients gain access to physicians through connected devices, helping to address provider and appointment shortages, and provide convenient care at a lower cost. The platform does not represent a new type of care, but rather a different delivery method that is being embraced by highly regarded providers, businesses, insurers, and health care innovators.

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Midterm Elections: Governor Wolf and Senator Casey Reelected, Dozens of New Lawmakers Head to Harrisburg, Washington, D.C.

November 07, 2018

In a much-anticipated midterm election that featured high voter turnout, Pennsylvanians yesterday elected Governor Tom Wolf (D) to another four-year term with new Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D), and reelected U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D).

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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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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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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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Pennsylvania’s Telemedicine Bill Moves to House for Consideration

September 27, 2018

Earlier this week, the House Professional Licensure Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 780 (Vogel, R-Beaver), telemedicine legislation. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Please email your lawmaker today and ask that they support Senate Bill 780.

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HAP Launches "The Curbside Advocate" Podcast

September 27, 2018

News Release:  To help connect clinicians with the issues that matter most to their profession, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has launched The Curbside Advocate, a friendly, peer-to-peer podcast, hosted by Michael J. Consuelos, MD, senior vice president, clinical integration.

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Telemedicine Applications, Benefits Highlighted at House Professional Licensure Hearing

September 12, 2018

Several members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community participated in today’s state House Professional Licensure Committee hearing about Senate Bill 780 (Vogel), telemedicine legislation.

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Briggs Appointed Democratic Chair of State House Health Committee

August 28, 2018

Following in the footsteps of former minority chair of the House Health Committee, State Representative Flo Fabrizio (D-Erie), State Representative Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery) has been appointed the new minority chair of the committee.

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