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CMS Report Finds Marketplace Enrollment Down, Emphasizes Need for Continued Outreach

June 16, 2017

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its health insurance marketplace enrollment snapshot report, which found a decrease in marketplace enrollment from the prior reporting period.

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House Votes Unanimously to Advance Baker Credentialing Legislation

May 24, 2017

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 190-0 to advance House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker’s (R-Tioga) landmark legislation to reform the physician credentialing process in the commonwealth.

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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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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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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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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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Quality Assurance Group Makes Changes to Evaluation of Patient-Centered Medical Home Program

April 11, 2017

The National Committee for Quality Assurance introduced changes to its Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition program to increase provider flexibility and move to an annual check-in process.

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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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Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee Hearing on Drug Price Transparency

February 08, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee held a hearing on drug price transparency. Central to the hearing was House Bill 161, introduced by Representative Anthony DeLuca (D-Allegheny), which creates the Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act. Specifically, the bill would require drug companies to disclose the costs and profits of their drugs, including the cost of research and development, marketing, and advertising associated with the drug.

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CMS Releases Final 2017 Open Enrollment Data; More Than 426,000 Pennsylvanians Enrolled in the Marketplace

February 06, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the health insurance marketplace enrollment data for the 2017 open enrollment period that ended January 31.

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Attention Placed on the Stability of Health Insurance Markets

February 02, 2017

As federal lawmakers received input from stakeholders on steps that can be taken to stabilize the public Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017 during two Congressional hearings, the Trump Administration issued proposed policy to promote market stabilization. 

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Commonwealth Fund Survey Findings Show ACA Has Improved the Ability of Individuals to Buy Health Insurance

February 01, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund 2016 survey results reflect that “the health insurance market has been working better for consumers buying coverage on their own, especially those with health problems since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect.”

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National Governors Association Urges Congress to Keep Patients at the Forefront During ACA Debate

January 26, 2017

Bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association have weighed in with Congressional leaders about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid reform specifically.

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U.S. Senators Spur Discussion on Policies to Replace the Affordable Care Act

January 25, 2017

As Congressional leaders continue to consider how to move forward in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republican senators are spurring discussion about more tangible proposals to replace the law.

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First Actions by Trump Administration Place Focus on Affordable Care Act

January 23, 2017

In one of his first acts after being sworn in as the 45th president, President Trump signed an executive order outlining the broad policy direction of the new Administration with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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