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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add 400 Jobs in May

June 23, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reports that Pennsylvania hospitals employed 275,400 workers during May 2017. This preliminary May jobs number represents a 400 job increase over the April 2017 hospital jobs and nearly a three percent (3%) increase over the May 2016 hospital jobs (267,700).

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Telemedicine Legislation Introduced in Pennsylvania

June 22, 2017

Today, Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) introduced a top priority for the hospital community, telemedicine legislation.

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Coverage is Critical in Fighting Opioid Epidemic

June 21, 2017

The impact of the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—legislation would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—on progress in addressing the opioid epidemic remains a key issue as Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate drive for a vote before the July 4 district work period.

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HAP’s Andy Carter to Serve on Center for Organ Recovery & Education Board of Directors

June 21, 2017

Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO, was recently nominated to serve as a volunteer on the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) Board of Directors.

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HAP and Pennsylvania Children’s Hospitals Stress Concerns with AHCA and Impact on Children

June 21, 2017

In a letter to U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), HAP and six children’s hospitals serving Pennsylvania stressed serious concerns for the potential loss of health care coverage for 1.1 million Pennsylvanians if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is enacted into law, and pointed to particular impacts on children.

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PA House Approves Two Health Care-Related Bills

June 20, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considered two pieces of legislation addressing the safety of health care practitioners and a measure to help curb the opioid crisis.

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Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Group of Governors: AHCA Not a Solution to Health Care Challenges

June 19, 2017

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined six other governors from across the country to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to amend the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to make a fairer system for America’s consumers.

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Bill to Improve Stroke Care in PA Signed into Law

June 13, 2017

Governor Wolf has signed House Bill 23 into law. Act 4 of 2017 ensures that patients are taken to stroke centers that deliver appropriate levels of care. 

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State House Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Protect Health Care Workers from Assault

June 13, 2017

Today, the State House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 646. The HAP-supported legislation adds health care practitioners to a protected class in the event of an assault.

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Pennsylvania Expects Only Single-Digit Increases for Health Insurance in 2018

June 02, 2017

Yesterday, Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller announced that all five health insurance companies participating in Pennsylvania’s marketplace will continue to offer policies during 2018, and next year’s aggregate rate increases would average 8.8 percent for individual plans, and 6.6 for small group plans.

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New Data Predicts Skyrocketing Costs for Chronic Diseases in the U.S.

June 01, 2017

A new RAND Corporation analysis and related chart pack predicts that chronic disease in the U.S. will cost the nation as much as $42 trillion from 2016 and 2030. In Pennsylvania during the same period, the projected total cost of chronic disease is $1.7 trillion.

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Public Opinion Polling Shows Little Support for AHCA

May 31, 2017

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s most recent Health Tracking Poll shows that most of the public—55 percent—has an unfavorable view of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which was recently passed by the House; less than a third (31 percent) of the respondents had a favorable view of the AHCA; and, the public has more favorable views of the Affordable Care Act at 49 percent, than unfavorable views at 42 percent.

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Social Security Numbers to be Removed from all Medicare Cards by April 2019

May 31, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and is on schedule to begin mailing new Medicare beneficiary cards during April 2018.

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PA’s Senator Casey Calls for Strong Commitment to NIH Funding to Support Research That Saves and Improves Lives

May 30, 2017

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) are taking a lead role advocating for federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2018 federal budget.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Jobs Surpass 275,000

May 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reports that Pennsylvania hospitals employed 275,200 workers in April 2017. This preliminary April jobs number represents a 700 job increase over the March 2017 hospital jobs and a three percent (3%) increase over the April 2016 hospital jobs (267,200).

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