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Pennsylvania Sees 100,000 Insurance Sign-ups During First Three Weeks; PA Hospitals Urge Consumers to Continue Signing Up for Health Care Coverage

November 22, 2017

During the first three weeks of open enrollment (November 1–18), Pennsylvania has had 101,286 plan selections for health insurance enrollment. Nearly 800,000 people have selected health plans using the HealthCare.gov platform. This puts nationwide open enrollment selections near 2.3 million during the first three weeks of open enrollment, including more than 550,000 new consumers.

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American College of Physicians Highlights the Need for Increased Transparency; HAP’s Care in PA Provides Quality and Price Transparency in Pennsylvania

November 21, 2017

A recently released report from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recognizes transparency efforts to mend the fragmentation of health care. The report provides recommendations to improve transparency to address cost and quality challenges.

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HAP Thanks State’s Veterans for Their Service, Highlights Health Systems’ Veterans Health Programs

November 10, 2017

HAP thanks Pennsylvania's veterans for their service and sacrifices to protect our freedom. The association and its members recognize that, as a result of these sacrifices, our veterans and their families sometimes need additional support, including help for health care challenges.

 

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State Delays Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices Program, Allowing More Time to Learn from Initial Rollout in West

November 06, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that it is delaying the start dates for Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s new Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program. DHS says it wants to learn from the Phase 1 rollout and allow time to make any necessary adjustments before implementing further phases.   

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U.S. House Passes CHIP Bill; Includes Two-Year Delay to DSH Cuts

November 03, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years and provide a two-year delay to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment cuts.

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2.9 Million Pennsylvanians Insured through Medicaid and CHIP; New Data from CMS

November 03, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a preliminary August 2017 report and supporting data on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment stats earlier this week.

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CMS Payment Rule Undercuts Key Program Supporting Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs

November 02, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a payment regulation that will undermine efforts to ensure access to affordable prescription drugs by dramatically cutting payments for drugs acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Open Enrollment Starts Today; HAP, PA Hospitals Encourage Pennsylvanians to Get Covered, Stay Covered

November 01, 2017

Today, HAP president and CEO Andy Carter joined Philadelphia Mayor Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Farley at a press conference promoting the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace. Carter underscored the importance of securing health insurance coverage as well as how Pennsylvania hospitals are helping consumers find the right plan for them.

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Report Finds Drop in Uncompensated Care, Outpatient Growth for PA’s Non-Acute and Specialty Hospitals

October 31, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its Annual Report on the Financial Health of Pennsylvania Non-General Acute Care Hospitals, finding that uncompensated care saw a decrease of 17 percent or $3.3 million in fiscal year 2016. Specialty hospitals saw the largest percent point decrease, followed by psychiatric and long-term acute care

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Pennsylvania Health Care Providers Urge Congressional Action to Stabilize Marketplaces

October 26, 2017

Today, in a joint letter, health care providers and advocates serving Pennsylvania patients and families presented a unified voice that Congress should “take swift action to fund cost-sharing reduction (CSR) benefits for the thousands of Pennsylvanians who depend on this crucial support to make their health insurance coverage affordable.”

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Pennsylvania Insurance Department Unveils Open Enrollment Consumer Resources, Media Campaign

October 26, 2017

As the 2017 open enrollment period draws near, Jessica Altman, Pennsylvania’s Acting Insurance Commissioner, today announced the launch of a media campaign to encourage Pennsylvanians to purchase or renew insurance plans purchased on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace.

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Gallup Survey Shows Uninsured Rate Starting to Rise Nationally; HAP Advocating to Protect Health Insurance Coverage

October 23, 2017

A recent survey by Gallup shows that nationally, the uninsured rate continues to increase since hitting a record low during 2016. The Gallup poll finds that the uninsured rate increased from 11.7 percent during mid-2017 to 12.3 percent during the third quarter of 2017; this represents an increase of 1.4 percentage points since the end of 2016.

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Bipartisan Market Stability Proposal Builds Support, But Action Remains Uncertain

October 19, 2017

A bipartisan proposal intended to stabilize the individual health insurance market continues to gain support in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold funding for cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments that lower out-of-pocket insurance expenses for low-income Americans. Despite this momentum, significant political hurdles remain for the proposal put forth by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA).

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State Releases Individual and Small Group Insurance Rates; Individual Rate Increases Reflect Federal Elimination of CSR Payments

October 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has released the final 2018 rates for individual and small group health insurance products that comply with the reforms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Cancellation of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Raises Concern for Premium Increases, Destabilization of Insurance Markets

October 13, 2017

The announcement that the Trump Administration will not fulfil cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—designed to help reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans—raises serious concern for the stability of the health insurance marketplaces and significant premium increases.

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