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U.S. Senate Contemplates Skinny Repeal, Repealing the Individual Mandate

July 27, 2017

Still pursuing consensus that would produce 50 votes, the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate is evaluating narrowly crafted legislation that would repeal targeted provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the individual and employer mandates.

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Debate Continues in U.S. Senate on ACA Repeal Legislation

July 26, 2017

After clearing a procedural motion yesterday to begin consideration of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Senate has been working through 20 hours of debate. When the debate time has elapsed, the chamber will vet amendments through “vote-a-rama.”

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U.S. Senate Proceeds to Consideration of Repeal Legislation

July 25, 2017

The U.S. Senate passed a procedural motion that will allow the chamber to begin consideration of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Motion to Proceed passed by a vote of 51 to 50 with Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding vote. 

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HAP President and CEO: Lawmakers Should Start Fresh on Health Care Bill

July 25, 2017

News Release:  The U.S. Senate today voted in favor of a motion to proceed to consideration of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement​.

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CMS Projects Insurance Exchange Carriers in Every PA County, PA Insurance Market Shows Signs of Stability

July 14, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an updated map of projected health insurance exchange issuers by county. CMS projects that Pennsylvania will have at least one health insurance exchange carrier in every county with most counties having two or more.

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U.S. House Committee Reviews State Opioid Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

July 12, 2017

In a hearing today, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States, Congressional leaders heard testimony from state officials offering insight on successful strategies to address the opioid epidemic and ongoing challenges in prevention and treatment.

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Studies Find Uninsured Grows, Insurance Market Stabilizes as PA Hospitals Urge Lawmakers to Protect Health Coverage

July 12, 2017

A recent Gallup poll shows that the percentage of adults in the country without health insurance grew slightly between the first and second quarters of 2017, while the latest Kaiser Family Foundation finds that the individual insurance market has continued to stabilize with insurers regaining profitability, after experiencing issues with financial performance in 2014 and 2015. HAP encourages members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community to speak out and email Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Robert Casey to urge the Senate to protect health coverage for all Pennsylvanians.

 

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PA Hospitals Support House Bill on Telemedicine

July 10, 2017

Rep. Marguerite Quinn introduced a top priority for the hospital community, House Bill 1648, which defines the key components of telemedicine, sets licensing requirements, and requires health insurers to provide reimbursement for telemedicine services if they pay for the same service in person. Pennsylvania hospitals urge the legislature to continue to move this important piece of legislation through the process.

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Pennsylvania Will Undergo Severe Economic and Employment Challenges Under Senate’s Proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act

July 07, 2017

This week, The Commonwealth Fund released an economic and employment assessment of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on the United States. According to the study, enactment of the BCRA would lead to nearly 110,000 jobs lost in Pennsylvania by 2026 and more than $19 billion lost in business output.

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Shift to Value-Based Payment Still Strong Under New Administration

July 05, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Director, Kate Goodrich, said that value-based payment programs are likely to continue under the new administration during an accountable care organization event in Virginia last week.

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CBO Releases Analysis of Longer-Term Effects of Senate Legislation on Medicaid Spending

June 30, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office  and Joint Committee on Taxation released an additional analysis on the longer-term effect of the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) on Medicaid spending, projecting that spending would be reduced by $160 billion during 2026, as compared to current law. 

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PA Providers to Senators Toomey and Casey: Reject the BCRA

June 28, 2017

News Release: Although U.S. Senate leaders have postponed a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) until after the July 4 recess, Pennsylvania’s health care provider community continues its push to protect access to affordable, reliable health care coverage.

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As Senate Delays Vote on BCRA, PA Hospital Community Urged to Email Senators Toomey & Casey to Help Protect Coverage for Pennsylvanians

June 27, 2017

Last week, the U.S. Senate released the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, its version of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposal jeopardizes coverage, weakens Medicaid, and undermines critical protections.

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HAP Statement on CBO Score of “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017”

June 26, 2017

News Release:  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released its analysis of the U.S. Senate’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.” Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania released the following statement. 

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CBO Releases Score for Better Care Reconciliation Act; 22 Million More Uninsured

June 26, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released an analysis of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, as developed by U.S. Senate Republican leaders. Under the plan, the uninsured would increase by 22 million over the next decade.

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