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U.S. Senate Committee Discusses Oversight of 340B Drug Discount Program

June 19, 2018

During a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, the federal agency in charge of the 340B Drug Discount Program outlined how the program works and provided an overview of steps that have been taken to strengthen oversight.

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National Health Care Groups Act to Support Health Care Coverage for People with Pre-existing Conditions

June 15, 2018

A group of national hospital, physician, and insurance advocacy groups are taking legal action to protect health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

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Consumers and Hospitals Help Get Votes to Pass Critical Telemedicine Bill

June 13, 2018

Hospitals and consumers played a key role in getting a telemedicine bill approved that will expand access to health care. Today, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 780, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver).

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Report Details Opioid Overdose Hospitalization Trends, HAP Continues Work to Address Opioid Crisis

June 13, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a report detailing hospitalization trends related to the opioid overdoses. While the research shows that Pennsylvania is making progress in addressing the opioid crisis, it also highlights the heartbreaking reality that the opioid use disorder touches every part of the state, and all demographic and socioeconomic groups.

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News Release: PA Senate Approves Telemedicine Legislation

June 13, 2018

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Senate today took a major step in helping expand access to telemedicine across the commonwealth.

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Trump Administration Argues that Key Parts of ACA Should be Invalidated

June 08, 2018

Yesterday, the Trump Administration sided with Texas and a coalition of 19 other Republican-led states that filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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National and State Suicide Rates Continue to Increase; Access to Behavioral Health Care Critical

June 08, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a VitalSigns monthly report highlighting the increasing rate of suicide across the nation. It states that suicide rates have increased in almost every state from 1999 through 2016. In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate increased 34.3 percent; a startling statistic that underscores the pressing need for more focused attention on behavioral health care services.

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HAP Congratulates PA Hospitals Receiving Grants to Improve Care Coordination for Medicaid Patients

June 08, 2018

This morning, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced it awarded nearly $8 million in onboarding grant funds to increase efficiency in health care service delivery to Medicaid patients through health information exchange.

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More Men Accessing Behavioral Health Care through Telemedicine; Time to Pass Senate Bill 780

June 07, 2018

New information from the nation’s largest telemedicine provider, Teledoc, shows the increasing value of telehealth in providing convenient access to care. The company reports that, so far this year, about half of its behavioral health visits have been with men between the ages of 20 and 35. This new information provides one more reason to expand access to telemedicine services in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania Expects Modest Premium Increases for 2019

June 05, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman announced that Pennsylvania health insurers are requesting an aggregate statewide increase of 4.9 percent for 2019 health insurance plans. This increase is a much lower increase than the national trend. All of the health insurers that participated in the 2018 Pennsylvania health insurance market will remain in the market for 2019.

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New Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard to include Information on Pennsylvania’s Programs

June 05, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released information late yesterday about a new scorecard for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The new scorecard, which will include state and federally reported measures, expects to increase transparency and accountability, as well as provide information about how states, including Pennsylvania, are managing their programs. 

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Pennsylvania Rural Global Payment Pilot in Spotlight at Federal Level

May 25, 2018

Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Payment Pilot was featured during a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing, Rural Health Care in America: Challenges and Opportunities, as an innovative approach to address the challenges of preserving access to care in rural communities.

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CBO Says Repeal of Affordable Care Act Mandate Penalty will Lead to More Uninsured and Higher Premiums

May 24, 2018

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposed a tax penalty on individuals who failed to fulfill the law’s shared responsibility requirement to secure qualifying health coverage. The individual mandate penalty was created to ensure more people secured access to affordable care and preventive services.  

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Workshop Highlights Opioid Best Practices, Features Remarks from PA Secretary of Health

May 21, 2018

Hospital and health system clinical leaders, as well as members of the health care community, met today in Harrisburg to participate in an opioid workshop and discuss best practices and new ideas to address the crisis in Pennsylvania.

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New Federal Proposal for Strengthening the Health Care Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 16, 2018

Newly introduced legislation, the Opioid Workforce Act of 2018, would strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis. The act incentivizes the training of physicians specialized in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and pain management. 

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