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The REACH Act Introduced to Help Preserve Access to Care in Rural Communities

May 25, 2017

The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act (S. 1130) was introduced this week by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Amy KJlobuchar (D-MN), and Cory Gardner (R-CO). The legislation would create a new Medicare payment designation for rural emergency care.

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American Health Care Act Meets Financial Target and Moves to Senate; HAP Hopeful Senate Rewrite Will Protect Coverage for Pennsylvanians

May 24, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, released late today, estimates that enacting the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026 relative to current law.

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Trump Budget Proposal Slashes Medicaid, Threatens Access to Key Health Care Programs

May 23, 2017

Today, the Trump Administration’s Office of Management and Budget released its budget plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Joins 15 States to Protect Cost-Sharing Payments under the ACA

May 19, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined 15 states and the District of Columbia attorneys general in petitioning to intervene in the lawsuit filed by the U.S. House of Representatives over the legality of cost-sharing payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Chronic Care Management Legislation Advances in U.S. Senate Finance Committee

May 18, 2017

Today, federal efforts to improve the Medicare program for seniors suffering from chronic conditions advanced in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (or S.870) won unanimous approval from the committee.

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Grant Funds Available to Support Telemedicine

May 17, 2017

This week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that hospitals and others could apply for grants up to $500,000 for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas.

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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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Passage of AHCA Threatens Hard-won Progress Towards Improving Health

May 04, 2017

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pennsylvania hospitals oppose the legislation, which would jeopardize coverage for more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians and undermine critical protections benefiting millions across the Commonwealth.

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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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HAP, PA Provider Associations Call for Protection of Medicaid as AHCA Vote Nears

May 02, 2017

In anticipation of this week’s possible vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), HAP and many other Pennsylvania provider associations today sent a letter urging the protection of Medicaid to the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation.

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One in Four Non-elderly in Rural U.S. Covered Through Medicaid

May 01, 2017

Medicaid plays a central role in helping to fill gaps in private coverage in rural areas nationwide and here in Pennsylvania. According to a new research brief from Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly one in four (24%) non-elderly people in rural areas are covered through the Medicaid program.

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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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