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American Health Care Act Meets Financial Target and Moves to Senate; HAP Hopeful Senate Rewrite Will Protect Coverage for Pennsylvanians

May 24, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, released late today, estimates that enacting the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026 relative to current law.

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Governor Announces Pick for Head of New Department of Health and Human Services

May 23, 2017

Today, Governor Wolf announced current Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller as his pick to lead the proposed Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services. Miller has served as Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner since 2015.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Joins 15 States to Protect Cost-Sharing Payments under the ACA

May 19, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined 15 states and the District of Columbia attorneys general in petitioning to intervene in the lawsuit filed by the U.S. House of Representatives over the legality of cost-sharing payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Nationally Insured Coverage Relatively Stable Between 2015 and 2016; Pennsylvania Uninsured Dropped

May 16, 2017

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released the 2016 findings from their national survey, which found that there was relatively no change in the uninsured between 2015 and 2016 nationally. However, in Pennsylvania, the survey reflects a continued drop in the percentage of uninsured from 2013 through 2016.

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New Poll Measures Voter Sentiment About ACA Repeal and Replace

May 10, 2017

As the United States Senate determines its approach to a repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new poll looks at voter sentiment about the issue.

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Passage of AHCA Threatens Hard-won Progress Towards Improving Health

May 04, 2017

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pennsylvania hospitals oppose the legislation, which would jeopardize coverage for more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians and undermine critical protections benefiting millions across the Commonwealth.

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HAP, PA Provider Associations Call for Protection of Medicaid as AHCA Vote Nears

May 02, 2017

In anticipation of this week’s possible vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), HAP and many other Pennsylvania provider associations today sent a letter urging the protection of Medicaid to the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation.

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Report Provides Recommendations for Strengthening Health Insurance Marketplace Websites

April 24, 2017

The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released a report evaluating federal and state-based marketplace websites for health insurance enrollment. The progress report is an analysis of how the exchanges are providing resources to enroll consumers in health insurance coverage.

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House Republicans Continue Work on Possible AHCA Deal, Pennsylvania Hospitals Remain Opposed

April 20, 2017

Media outlets have started to report about a possible ACA repeal and replace deal. Pennsylvania hospitals continue to oppose any such efforts without an appropriate replacement to ensure continued coverage for Pennsylvanians who have benefited from the ACA.

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CMS Highlights Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Difference in Medicare Advantage Population in New Report

April 20, 2017

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its second comprehensive report on disparities in health care among Medicare Advantage enrollees. The report looks at disparities in gender in quality of health care across 24 clinical care measures and eight patient experience measures using the Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey.

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National Minority Health Month Put Focus on Health Disparities

April 19, 2017

April is National Minority Health Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. Seventy-two Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are among the 1,500 across the nation that have pledged to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable, and safe care through the American Hospital Association (AHA) #123forEquity Campaign to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

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CMS Releases Proposed FY 2018 Medicare Payment Policies and Rates

April 17, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System.

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Federal DHHS Issues ACA Market Stabilization Rules, Consumer Subsidy Concerns Unresolved

April 14, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule finalizing changes to help stabilize the Affordable Care Act individual and small group marketplaces, but the rule does not address continuation of subsidies to reduce out-of-pocket costs for certain individuals.

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HAP Stresses Importance of Protecting Insurance Coverage During Auditor General and Treasurer Town Hall Meeting

April 07, 2017

HAP participated in a town hall meeting panel discussion hosted by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Joe Torsella. The row officers held the “Future of Health Care in a Trump Administration” to fill a void in public conversation about an issue that has significant implications for Pennsylvanians’ access to health care, as well as the state’s fiscal health.

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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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