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Pennsylvania Sees 100,000 Insurance Sign-ups During First Three Weeks; PA Hospitals Urge Consumers to Continue Signing Up for Health Care Coverage

November 22, 2017

During the first three weeks of open enrollment (November 1–18), Pennsylvania has had 101,286 plan selections for health insurance enrollment. Nearly 800,000 people have selected health plans using the HealthCare.gov platform. This puts nationwide open enrollment selections near 2.3 million during the first three weeks of open enrollment, including more than 550,000 new consumers.

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American College of Physicians Highlights the Need for Increased Transparency; HAP’s Care in PA Provides Quality and Price Transparency in Pennsylvania

November 21, 2017

A recently released report from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recognizes transparency efforts to mend the fragmentation of health care. The report provides recommendations to improve transparency to address cost and quality challenges.

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Individual Mandate Repeal Included in U.S. Senate Tax Reform Legislation

November 15, 2017

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has included policy in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would, in effect, repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by eliminating the penalty that individuals who do not maintain health coverage must pay.

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Insurance Department Warns Consumers About “Off-Marketplace” Insurance Plans

November 09, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman yesterday released an alert asking Pennsylvanians to be cautious about 2018 health insurance plans available for sale outside of the federal Healthcare.gov marketplace. Health plans that are not compliant with Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements could result in a tax penalty and ineligibility for federal tax credits.

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2.9 Million Pennsylvanians Insured through Medicaid and CHIP; New Data from CMS

November 03, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a preliminary August 2017 report and supporting data on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment stats earlier this week.

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Open Enrollment Starts Today; HAP, PA Hospitals Encourage Pennsylvanians to Get Covered, Stay Covered

November 01, 2017

Today, HAP president and CEO Andy Carter joined Philadelphia Mayor Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Farley at a press conference promoting the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace. Carter underscored the importance of securing health insurance coverage as well as how Pennsylvania hospitals are helping consumers find the right plan for them.

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Pennsylvania Health Care Providers Urge Congressional Action to Stabilize Marketplaces

October 26, 2017

Today, in a joint letter, health care providers and advocates serving Pennsylvania patients and families presented a unified voice that Congress should “take swift action to fund cost-sharing reduction (CSR) benefits for the thousands of Pennsylvanians who depend on this crucial support to make their health insurance coverage affordable.”

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Pennsylvania Insurance Department Unveils Open Enrollment Consumer Resources, Media Campaign

October 26, 2017

As the 2017 open enrollment period draws near, Jessica Altman, Pennsylvania’s Acting Insurance Commissioner, today announced the launch of a media campaign to encourage Pennsylvanians to purchase or renew insurance plans purchased on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace.

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Cost-sharing Reduction Payments Remain in Limbo

October 25, 2017

Federal lawmakers continue to grapple with next steps to provide greater stability to the individual insurance markets.

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced that it would not fulfill cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—designed to help reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans. The federal government pays the CSR subsidies monthly to insurers to compensate them for discounting insurance rates for low-income consumers who earn 100 to 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Gallup Survey Shows Uninsured Rate Starting to Rise Nationally; HAP Advocating to Protect Health Insurance Coverage

October 23, 2017

A recent survey by Gallup shows that nationally, the uninsured rate continues to increase since hitting a record low during 2016. The Gallup poll finds that the uninsured rate increased from 11.7 percent during mid-2017 to 12.3 percent during the third quarter of 2017; this represents an increase of 1.4 percentage points since the end of 2016.

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Survey Shows Communication Gaps Between Health Plans and Members

October 18, 2017

A recent survey from HealthMine Health Intelligence Solution identifies important communication gaps between health plans and plan members.

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Cancellation of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Raises Concern for Premium Increases, Destabilization of Insurance Markets

October 13, 2017

The announcement that the Trump Administration will not fulfil cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—designed to help reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans—raises serious concern for the stability of the health insurance marketplaces and significant premium increases.

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News Release: Pa. Hospital Community Troubled by Cancellation of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

October 13, 2017

News Release:  Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced that it would not fulfil cost-sharing reduction payments, a provision of the Affordable Care Act designed to help reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement.

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Administration Pursues Insurance Market Policy Changes through Executive Order

October 12, 2017

An executive order issued today by President Donald Trump seeks to promote health insurance options that do not have to adhere to all of the requirements and protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the executive order—Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States, the Secretaries of the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health & Human Services (HHS) are directed to review existing policies and put forth proposed regulations or revised guidance that will expand the availability and use of those insurance mechanisms.

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CHIP Funding Bills Advance; Delay to DSH Cuts Under Consideration

October 04, 2017

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee separately worked to advance legislation that would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The House legislation also would provide a one-year delay to impending Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment cuts. Addressing both policy issues—CHIP and DSH—is crucial to maintaining access to health insurance coverage and care for Pennsylvania patients.

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