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Study Shows Value of Medicaid in Providing Access to Care and Preventive Services

April 11, 2018

A study conducted by the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) found that adults and children in a Medicaid health plan had significantly better access to care and preventive services than did people with no health coverage.

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CMS Finalizes Rules Governing Health Insurance Marketplaces

April 10, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday issued its final rule impacting insurance plans offered on the health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. 

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More than 389,000 Pennsylvanians Sign Up for Health Insurance under the ACA, Part of More than 11.8 Million Nationwide

April 04, 2018

During the 2018 open enrollment period (November 1–December 15, 2017), 389,081 Pennsylvanians signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.

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New Kaiser Poll Shows Americans Value Having Health Insurance

April 03, 2018

Recently released findings from the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll for March 2018 show that Americans, including those in the non-group market, value having health insurance. 

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Increased Powers for FDA to Fight Opioid Crisis May Be Coming

March 27, 2018

A U.S. Senate Committee Chairman has introduced two draft bills designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority to address the opioid crisis.

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Senate Health and Human Services Committee Advances Four Bills Impacting Health

March 20, 2018

Earlier today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee reported four bills intended to improve access to care, improve data collection on a key public health concern, and evaluate how the commonwealth protects the health and welfare of children.

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Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Access to Affordable Health Insurance

March 08, 2018

New survey results about Americans’ health insurance coverage indicate that an overwhelming majority (92%) support the right of all Americans to have access to affordable health care insurance. In addition, almost nine out of ten agree with paying into Medicare to ensure access to health care for older Americans. However, many with health insurance outside of employer-based coverage are concerned about the future of their own health insurance because of uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Market Stabilization Policies Under Review at Federal Level

March 07, 2018

Leading up to the March 23 deadline to fund the government, federal lawmakers, the Administration, and stakeholders are engaged in negotiations over a stabilization package that would steady health insurance marketplaces.

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Wolf Administration Announces Efforts to Streamline Access to Medication-assisted Treatments

March 01, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf today held a press conference at Crozer-Chester Medical Center to announce his administration’s intention to streamline access to treatment for Pennsylvanians suffering from opioid use disorder.

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As PA’s Overdose Deaths Rise, U.S. Senate Leaders Look to Technology to Address Opioid Crisis

February 27, 2018

As the health care community and federal, state, and local governments continue to work to find ways to curb the opioid crisis and help patients get on a path to recovery, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee today held a hearing titled, “The Opioid Crisis:  The Role of Technology and Data in Preventing and Treating Addiction.” 

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Bipartisan Governors Call for Consensus and Focus on Value in Health Care Reform

February 23, 2018

Governors John Hickenlooper (D, CO), John Kasich (R, OH), Brian Sandoval (R, NV), Bill Walker (I, AK), and Tom Wolf (D, PA) issued a new health care blueprint outlining bipartisan principles and strategies to improve our nation’s health care system by promoting affordability, stability, and flexibility.

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Study Finds Missed Medical Appointments Not Affected by Free Ride Services

February 14, 2018

Patient ride-sharing services have become popular among hospitals and others as a way to help patients keep their medical appointments. Transportation to medical appointments often has been cited as a barrier to medical care. New study results indicate that such services may not be as effective as previously thought.

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President Issues Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request

February 12, 2018

President Trump released a $4 trillion federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request which defines funding priorities for discretionary spending and outlines legislative proposals. The budget proposal places a focus on tackling the opioid epidemic and addressing drug prices, and envisions significant policy changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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News Release: U.S. Congress Includes Key Hospital Priorities in Spending Plan

February 09, 2018

News Release:  Early this morning, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that raises the debt ceiling, reallocates the current budget caps for defense and domestic discretionary programs, and temporarily funds the government through March 23. The spending plan also contains several hospital priorities.

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PA Sees More Than 389,000 Open Enrollment Sign-ups During 2017; Hospitals Play Key Role

February 09, 2018

Despite the shortened health insurance Open Enrollment period, November 1, 2017–December 15, 2017, Pennsylvania was able to pull in 389,081 health insurance sign-ups.

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