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Uninsured in PA Drops 45% Since Affordable Care Act Began

September 22, 2017

The latest data from the U.S. Census calculates that since passage of the Affordable Care Act  in 2010, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has declined from 10.2 percent in 2010 to 5.6 percent in 2016, a 45 percent decrease in our state’s uninsured population and the lowest number on record.

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HAP Urges Pennsylvania Delegation to Oppose Disruptive Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Proposal

September 21, 2017

HAP urged Pennsylvania’s federal lawmakers to reject the complex, sweeping proposal put forth by U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) that would jeopardize health care coverage and protections relied upon by millions of Pennsylvanians. HAP called upon lawmakers to instead leverage bipartisan support for stabilizing the health insurance markets and promoting access to affordable health insurance and high quality care.

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Report Quantifies Burden of Multiple Chronic Conditions

September 20, 2017

A new report, seeking to outline and quantify the key challenges of multiple chronic conditions found that with each additional chronic condition, health care costs more than double, so that treating a patient with four chronic conditions could cost as much as 16 times more than a patient with only one condition could.

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Governor Wolf Joins Bipartisan Group of Governors to Oppose Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Amendment

September 19, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf has joined a group of ten bipartisan governors from across the country to send a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to express their opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment, the Senate’s last-ditch proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before budget reconciliation rules expire on September 30. Under current reconciliation rules, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment would only require a simple majority of senators vote to approve the measure.

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HAP, Providers Urge Delegation to Preserve Key Health Care and Insurance Programs

September 18, 2017

Ahead of looming Congressional deadlines regarding vital health care issues and the potential for action by the U.S. Senate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HAP joined 26 Pennsylvania health care provider and advocacy groups to send a joint letter to Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, stressing the importance of preserving access to health care and health insurance coverage for the commonwealth’s families.

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CHIP Funding Deadline Ahead; Five-Year Extension Discussed

September 14, 2017

Facing a September 30 deadline, U.S. Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan agreement to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years. In Pennsylvania, more than 176,000 children rely on CHIP for affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. 

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Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Block Grant Proposal Introduced

September 13, 2017

Four U.S. Senators have attempted to revive the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the introduction of a new bill that would repeal much of the ACA and provide a block grant of health care funding to states.

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Funding for ACA 2018 Open Enrollment Outreach Reduced; Hospitals and Community Partners Urged to Engage in Outreach Efforts

September 01, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it only plans to spend $10 million on education and outreach for the 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment. Previously $100 million was spent each year for advertising.

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CMS updates transparency tool on hospices; HAP’s Care in PA continues to support transparency efforts for PA

September 01, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated Hospice Compare, an informational website that allows consumers to learn more about hospice care in their area.

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Governors Offer Blueprint for Insurance Market Stabilization; Senate Prepares for September Action

August 31, 2017

In a letter to Congressional leaders, a bipartisan group of governors, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, encouraged Congress and the Administration to take immediate steps to stabilize the individual health insurance marketplaces, and presented a policy blueprint.

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Federal Report Shows Overall Improvement in U.S. Health Care Quality; Disparities Persist

August 24, 2017

An annual federal report, 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, about health care quality and access indicates that health care quality across the U.S. improved overall from 2000 through 2014-2015, but at different rates for different priority areas. Although some of the gaps in care are lessening, disparities persist, especially among poor and low-income families.

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Report Identifies Opportunities for Providers to Better Meet Consumer Expectations

August 23, 2017

Kaufman Hall’s 2017 State of Consumerism in Healthcare, a compilation of online survey responses from 125 organizations, found that health care providers may not be meeting consumer expectations. As increasing out-of-pockets costs force patients to become more educated about their health care, and more sophisticated as consumers about their choices, providers need to make consumer expectations a higher priority.

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States That Expanded Medicaid Are Reducing Uninsured Amongst Minority Populations; Outreach Important to Sustaining Coverage Gains

August 22, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund recently released a report that shows that the decision by states, such as Pennsylvania, to expand Medicaid has resulted in 2016 uninsured rates for lower-income whites, blacks, and Latinos that were born in the United States dropping below 10 percent. 

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CMS Releases Tool for Transparency in Hospice Care

August 18, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Hospice Compare, an informational website that allows consumers to learn more about hospice care in their area.

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CMS Announces Major Changes to Bundled Programs

August 17, 2017

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would significantly reduce mandatory bundled programs. 

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