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Start of Joint Replacement Model and 340B Final Rule Delayed

May 19, 2017

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that further delays to January 1 the start date for its Cardiac and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Model. In addition, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) delayed to October 1 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers.

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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 Study About Medicare Beneficiaries Emphasizes Importance of Access and Affordability

May 12, 2017

A new report issued by The Commonwealth Fund found that more than one-fourth of Medicare  beneficiaries—an estimated 15 million elderly and disabled people—spent 20 percent or more of their household income on out-of-pocket medical expenses and monthly premiums during 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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FDA Delays Rule That Promotes Healthier Living; Hospital Programs Help Address Healthy Eating and Fight Hunger

May 08, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration will delay implementation of the Menu Labeling Rule aimed at addressing the obesity epidemic and the importance of healthy living.

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HAP: AHCA Vote Threatens Coverage For More Than 1.1 Million Pennsylvanians

May 04, 2017

News Release:  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Plan to Avoid Government Shutdown

April 28, 2017

Both houses of Congress approved a one-week stopgap spending measure today. This short-term continuing resolution easily cleared both the House and the Senate.

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CMS Releases New Data on Race, Ethnicity and Language for the 2017 Open Enrollment Period

April 27, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released health disparities data for the 2017 health insurance open enrollment period.

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ACA Opponents Near Possible Agreement on Repeal Proposal

April 26, 2017

Last night, legislative language for the latest repeal-and-replace proposal was released in an effort to revive the American Health Care Act. The proposal is the result of efforts by Congressmen Mark Meadows and Tom MacArthur to make changes to the proposed bill that would attract enough support to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Senate Votes Affirmatively to Advance Nurse Practitioner Legislation

April 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate voted to send Senate Bill 25 to the House of Representatives, with 39 voting for the bill, and 10 voting against it. Senate Bill 25 allows certified nurse practitioners to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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American Hospital Association and National Urban League Team Up to Advance Health Equity

April 26, 2017

The American Hospital Association and the National Urban League have announced an alliance to advance health equity and diversity in health care. This new alliance builds upon the momentum of the #123forEquity campaign.

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HAP Says Key Hospital Report Underscores Need for Access to Affordable Health Care in Pennsylvania

April 26, 2017

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today made public its financial analysis report for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The PHC4 report highlights the complexities of Pennsylvania’s health care landscape. 

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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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Challenges Remain Around ACA Subsidy Payments After Meeting with CMS Administrator

April 21, 2017

Senior representatives from major health insurers met with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ leadership earlier this week, seeking clarity for Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidy funding for the cost sharing reduction program.

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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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