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Governor Announces New Leaders for Department of Human Services, Insurance

August 18, 2017

Governor Wolf has announced that he has nominated Teresa Miller, current Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to serve as Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), effective August 21.

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CMS Extends Deadline for Insurers to File 2018 Rates

August 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that insurers participating in the Health Insurance Marketplaces (HealthCare.gov) have until September 5 to file their final rates for 2018. The action provides additional time for insurers to adjust their premiums due to continued uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, including the possibility that cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies will go unfunded next year.

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Employers Plan to Adopt Consumer-Focused Strategies to Reduce Health Care Costs

August 10, 2017

Two health care employer surveys released recently reveal that, faced with a five to 5.5 percent increase in health care benefit costs in 2018, United States employers plan to adopt new strategies to manage costs.

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Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Pens Letter to HHS Secretary Price, Urges Market Stabilization

August 01, 2017

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price urging the federal government to commit to continued cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to help shore up Pennsylvania’s insurance marketplace.

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CMS Projects Insurance Exchange Carriers in Every PA County, PA Insurance Market Shows Signs of Stability

July 14, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an updated map of projected health insurance exchange issuers by county. CMS projects that Pennsylvania will have at least one health insurance exchange carrier in every county with most counties having two or more.

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Studies Find Uninsured Grows, Insurance Market Stabilizes as PA Hospitals Urge Lawmakers to Protect Health Coverage

July 12, 2017

A recent Gallup poll shows that the percentage of adults in the country without health insurance grew slightly between the first and second quarters of 2017, while the latest Kaiser Family Foundation finds that the individual insurance market has continued to stabilize with insurers regaining profitability, after experiencing issues with financial performance in 2014 and 2015. HAP encourages members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community to speak out and email Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Robert Casey to urge the Senate to protect health coverage for all Pennsylvanians.

 

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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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