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Infant Mortality Rates Declining Nationally and in Pennsylvania

March 23, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data about infant mortality for the United States during 2005–2014. For 2014, the infant mortality rate for the United States hit new lows for Hispanic, Caucasian, African-American, and Asian or Pacific Islander populations. In addition, Pennsylvania’s infant mortality rate declined, dropping from 7.49 during 2005–2007, to 6.53 during 2012–2014.

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Pennsylvania Saw More Than 425,000 Marketplace Selections in 2017 Open Enrollment; More Than 116,000 Were New Consumers

March 17, 2017

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its full report for the 2017 open enrollment period in addition to public use files. Of the more than 425,000 Pennsylvania Marketplace selections, twenty-seven percent, more than 116,000 Pennsylvanians, were new consumers.

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Legislation to Partially Repeal and Replace the ACA Clears Final U.S. House Committee; Floor Vote Possible Next Week

March 16, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cleared the U.S. House Budget Committee by a narrow vote of 19 to 17. The legislation could be considered on the U.S. House Floor as early as next week.

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CMS Releases Final Report on Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017 Open Enrollment, Pennsylvania Saw More than 425,000 Plan Selections

March 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its full report for the 2017 open enrollment period. Approximately 12.2 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in a Marketplace plan during open enrollment.

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CBO Estimates 24 Million More Uninsured by 2026 Under House Health Care Proposal; Pennsylvanians Would Be Hit Hard by Coverage Changes

March 13, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act  confirms concerns raised by HAP President and CEO Andy Carter, that it does not fulfill HAP's core principle that any replacement plan must ensure continuity of coverage and care.

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Estimates on AHCA Impact Issued as Hospital Community Awaits CBO Scoring

March 10, 2017

As legislators, policymakers, and the hospital community await the scoring on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—likely to be issued next week—a number of national policy organizations have issued estimates regarding the impact of the proposal, which would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Seven National Hospital Organizations Write to Congress Opposing Draft Legislation Repealing and Replacing the ACA

March 08, 2017

A group of national organizations representing hospitals and health systems have written to members of the U.S. Congress expressing opposition to the House’s American Health Care Act, which would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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HAP Says New ACA Replacement Plan Will Not Provide Comparable Health Care

March 07, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter issued a statement about the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act expressing concern about coverage for the most vulnerable.

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Bid Protests Cause DHS to Delay HealthChoices Implementation

March 03, 2017

Today, the Department of Human Services announced a delay in the effective dates of the new managed care organization agreements for HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s mandatory Medicaid managed care program.

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Study Says ACA Increased PA Medicaid Recipients’ Primary Care Appointment Availability

February 27, 2017

A new study says that the Affordable Care Act has increased primary care appointment availability for Medicaid recipients. 

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More Americans View Affordable Care Act Favorably

February 24, 2017

This month’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds favorability for the Affordable Care Act at its highest level since 2010, when the law was enacted. The share of those polled who have a favorable opinion of the law (48%) is greater than the share of those who have an unfavorable opinion (42%).

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Nearly $1 Billion in ACA Tax Credits Helps Pennsylvanians Afford Their Insurance

February 23, 2017

During 2016, Pennsylvanians who obtained insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) federal Health Insurance Marketplace received, in total, nearly $1 billion in tax credit subsidies to help make that coverage more affordable.

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule Released to Stabilize Health Insurance Markets

February 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released a proposed rule intended to stabilize the health insurance marketplaces, through which millions of Americans have acquired health insurance coverage. Insurers and providers both have pressed the Trump Administration and Congress to address the challenges that threaten coverage options, and may cause more insurers to discontinue offering policies through the marketplace in 2018.

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Nation’s Uninsured Rate Is at Historic Low

February 14, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the findings of the January–September 2016 National Health Interview Survey showing that the nation’s uninsured rate is at a historic low—8.8 percent. This represents 20.4 million more individuals with health insurance coverage in 2016 than had coverage in 2010.

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U.S. Senate Confirms Tom Price as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary

February 10, 2017

By a vote of 52 to 47, the U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Congressman Tom Price, a former orthopaedic surgeon, to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Secretary, Dr. Price will exercise significant influence over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both through regulatory policy, and working with Congress to repeal and replace the law.

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