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Report Provides Recommendations for Strengthening Health Insurance Marketplace Websites

April 24, 2017

The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released a report evaluating federal and state-based marketplace websites for health insurance enrollment. The progress report is an analysis of how the exchanges are providing resources to enroll consumers in health insurance coverage.

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Challenges Remain Around ACA Subsidy Payments After Meeting with CMS Administrator

April 21, 2017

Senior representatives from major health insurers met with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ leadership earlier this week, seeking clarity for Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidy funding for the cost sharing reduction program.

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CMS Highlights Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Difference in Medicare Advantage Population in New Report

April 20, 2017

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its second comprehensive report on disparities in health care among Medicare Advantage enrollees. The report looks at disparities in gender in quality of health care across 24 clinical care measures and eight patient experience measures using the Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey.

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Wolf Administration Marks One-Year Anniversary of Legalizing Medical Marijuana

April 18, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf joined with stakeholders and legislators to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the signing of Act 16 of 2016, legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

April 18, 2017

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee by a vote of 13 to three. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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CMS Releases Proposed FY 2018 Medicare Payment Policies and Rates

April 17, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System.

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Federal DHHS Issues ACA Market Stabilization Rules, Consumer Subsidy Concerns Unresolved

April 14, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule finalizing changes to help stabilize the Affordable Care Act individual and small group marketplaces, but the rule does not address continuation of subsidies to reduce out-of-pocket costs for certain individuals.

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HAP Stresses Importance of Protecting Insurance Coverage During Auditor General and Treasurer Town Hall Meeting

April 07, 2017

HAP participated in a town hall meeting panel discussion hosted by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Joe Torsella. The row officers held the “Future of Health Care in a Trump Administration” to fill a void in public conversation about an issue that has significant implications for Pennsylvanians’ access to health care, as well as the state’s fiscal health.

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Next Steps on Affordable Care Act Remain Uncertain

March 29, 2017

Both Congress and the Administration are assessing next steps with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the wake of the U.S. House abandoning a floor vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This proposed legislation would have partially repealed and replaced the ACA and made significant changes to the Medicaid program. 

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Infant Mortality Rates Declining Nationally and in Pennsylvania

March 23, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data about infant mortality for the United States during 2005–2014. For 2014, the infant mortality rate for the United States hit new lows for Hispanic, Caucasian, African-American, and Asian or Pacific Islander populations. In addition, Pennsylvania’s infant mortality rate declined, dropping from 7.49 during 2005–2007, to 6.53 during 2012–2014.

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PA Senate and House Introduce Bills to Allow CNPs Full Practice Authority

March 22, 2017

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) have picked up the effort to allow certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to their level of education and training.

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HAP EMPHASIZES CRUCIAL CONCERNS WITH AHCA, URGES DELEGATION TO VOTE NO

March 22, 2017

News Release: In a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), highlighted the profound implications of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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AAMC Annual Report: Projected Shortfall of Physicians Continues to Grow

March 20, 2017

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released an updated report that projects that, for the third consecutive year, physician demand will continue to grow faster than the U.S. supply of physicians.

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Pennsylvania Saw More Than 425,000 Marketplace Selections in 2017 Open Enrollment; More Than 116,000 Were New Consumers

March 17, 2017

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its full report for the 2017 open enrollment period in addition to public use files. Of the more than 425,000 Pennsylvania Marketplace selections, twenty-seven percent, more than 116,000 Pennsylvanians, were new consumers.

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Legislation to Partially Repeal and Replace the ACA Clears Final U.S. House Committee; Floor Vote Possible Next Week

March 16, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cleared the U.S. House Budget Committee by a narrow vote of 19 to 17. The legislation could be considered on the U.S. House Floor as early as next week.

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