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State Insurance Commissioner: Pennsylvania’s Individual Health Care Insurance Market is Stabilizing

July 21, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller released today the insurer rate filings for health care insurance policy premiums for the 2018 individual marketplace, with an average rate increase of 8.8 percent for individual plans, and 6.7 percent for small group plans. Although the state's individual market is stabilizing, she also stressed that the current uncertainty surrounding national health care law threatens to upset that stability.

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Pennsylvania Recognized for Top-Performing Rural Critical Access Hospitals

July 21, 2017

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized Pennsylvania’s rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) this week for achieving the highest quality reporting rates and improved performance during the past year. Pennsylvania is among ten top-performing states that were recognized under HRSA’s Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project. HAP commends the state’s CAHs for their achievement in earning HRSA’s recognition.

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New CBO Analysis on Repeal Legislation: Higher Premiums and 32 Million More Uninsured by 2026

July 20, 2017

A newly released analysis about the direct spending and revenue effects of the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 (ORRA), would significantly increase the number of uninsured Americans. In addition, average premiums for individual health insurance policies would increase as much as 25 percent during the first year. Republican members of the U.S. Senate are vowing to push for a vote as early as next week for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

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Clarion University Offers First-of-its-Kind Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate

July 19, 2017

Clarion's University College of Health and Human Services recently announced a new, online certificate program aimed at training professionals who interact with individuals addicted to opioids or related drugs. This first-of-its kind training program will provide prevention and treatment education about opioid abuse and addiction. Clarion University created this new curriculum in response to the growing number of individuals in Pennsylvania and across the nation affected by the opioid epidemic.

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Vote on Better Care Reconciliation Act Stalled; Senate Leadership Rethinking ACA Repeal Strategy

July 18, 2017

With four Republican U.S. Senators indicating they could not support the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), there were insufficient votes needed to act on beginning debate on the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following that announcement, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement indicating his goal to seek a vote on repealing the ACA with a two-year transition period in which Congress would work to replace the ACA.

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HAP Member Hospitals Recognized for Leveraging Health Information Technology

July 17, 2017

The 19th annual Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks recognizes more than 450 hospitals and health systems across the nation for successfully integrating information technology (IT) into their operations. HAP applauds the achievements of these hospitals and continues to support of the adoption of standards-based electronic health records and health information exchange. 

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HAP Urges U.S. Senate to Reconsider Updated Health Care Plan

July 13, 2017

The U.S. Senate today released an updated version of legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and make significant changes to the financing of Medicaid.

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PA Rare Disease Advisory Council Established

July 13, 2017

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed Act 14, House Bill 239 that creates a Rare Disease Advisory Council to study the incidence and prevalence of rare diseases in the state. The council will work towards improving the lives of more than 1.2 million Pennsylvanians suffering from a rare disease.

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U.S. House Committee Reviews State Opioid Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

July 12, 2017

In a hearing today, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States, Congressional leaders heard testimony from state officials offering insight on successful strategies to address the opioid epidemic and ongoing challenges in prevention and treatment.

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Pennsylvania Will Undergo Severe Economic and Employment Challenges Under Senate’s Proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act

July 07, 2017

This week, The Commonwealth Fund released an economic and employment assessment of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on the United States. According to the study, enactment of the BCRA would lead to nearly 110,000 jobs lost in Pennsylvania by 2026 and more than $19 billion lost in business output.

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Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Is Now Connected to 11 states and D.C.

July 06, 2017

Pennsylvania is now exchanging data on prescription pain medications through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) with 11 other states and the District of Columbia. In addition to five states that share boarders with Pennsylvania (Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia) data is also being shared with Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Currently, there is no exchange with Delaware.

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Coverage is Critical in Fighting Opioid Epidemic

June 21, 2017

The impact of the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—legislation would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—on progress in addressing the opioid epidemic remains a key issue as Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate drive for a vote before the July 4 district work period.

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HAP’s Andy Carter to Serve on Center for Organ Recovery & Education Board of Directors

June 21, 2017

Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO, was recently nominated to serve as a volunteer on the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) Board of Directors.

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HAP and Pennsylvania Children’s Hospitals Stress Concerns with AHCA and Impact on Children

June 21, 2017

In a letter to U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), HAP and six children’s hospitals serving Pennsylvania stressed serious concerns for the potential loss of health care coverage for 1.1 million Pennsylvanians if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is enacted into law, and pointed to particular impacts on children.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals are Working to Reduce “Super-Utilizers” in the Commonwealth; New PHC4 Research Brief Released Today

June 20, 2017

Today the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its research brief for super-utilizers of inpatient care services.

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