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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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CBO Estimates 24 Million More Uninsured by 2026 Under House Health Care Proposal; Pennsylvanians Would Be Hit Hard by Coverage Changes

March 13, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act  confirms concerns raised by HAP President and CEO Andy Carter, that it does not fulfill HAP's core principle that any replacement plan must ensure continuity of coverage and care.

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House and Senate Appropriations Committees Hear about Impact of ACA Repeal, Consolidation of State Human Services Agencies

March 08, 2017

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee held its annual budget hearing with the Department of Human Services (DHS). Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee followed suit with a combined hearing for DHS, the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), and the Department of Aging. The House previously held individual hearings for the other three agencies.

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Seven National Hospital Organizations Write to Congress Opposing Draft Legislation Repealing and Replacing the ACA

March 08, 2017

A group of national organizations representing hospitals and health systems have written to members of the U.S. Congress expressing opposition to the House’s American Health Care Act, which would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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PA Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs Outline 2017–2018 Budget Needs; Make Case for Consolidation

March 01, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Jennifer Smith, joined Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy in providing testimony to the PA House Appropriations Committee yesterday afternoon. During the hearing, all three faced questions from members of the committee concerning the budget and other initiatives within the two departments.

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State Legislature Begins Annual Budget Hearing Process with Focus on Economic Performance, Revenue

February 21, 2017

Today, the State House and Senate Appropriations Committees held their first round of hearings on the Governor’s proposed 2017–2018 state budget. The House heard from the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO), the Department of Revenue, and the Department of State, while the Senate listened to presentations by the IFO and the Pennsylvania Treasury.

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule Released to Stabilize Health Insurance Markets

February 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released a proposed rule intended to stabilize the health insurance marketplaces, through which millions of Americans have acquired health insurance coverage. Insurers and providers both have pressed the Trump Administration and Congress to address the challenges that threaten coverage options, and may cause more insurers to discontinue offering policies through the marketplace in 2018.

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Department of Human Services Receives Technical Assistance Grant for Early Childhood Mental Health

February 10, 2017

The Department of Human Services secured a three-year technical assistance grant to promote mental health and school readiness. Pennsylvania is one of 12 states, tribal communities, and United States territories awarded the Intensive Technical Assistance grant through the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC).

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Governor Wolf Introduces 2017-2018 State Budget, Maintains Payments for Hospitals

February 07, 2017

Earlier today, Governor Wolf introduced his proposed state spending plan for the 2017–2018 fiscal year. Generally, it maintains 2016–2017 funding levels for hospital payments, including the Medical Assistance Supplemental payments for critical access hospitals, obstetrics/neonatal payments, hospital burn centers, and trauma centers.

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February 07, 2017

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Andy Carter in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s 2017–2018 state budget proposal.

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CMS Releases Final 2017 Open Enrollment Data; More Than 426,000 Pennsylvanians Enrolled in the Marketplace

February 06, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the health insurance marketplace enrollment data for the 2017 open enrollment period that ended January 31.

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Attention Placed on the Stability of Health Insurance Markets

February 02, 2017

As federal lawmakers received input from stakeholders on steps that can be taken to stabilize the public Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017 during two Congressional hearings, the Trump Administration issued proposed policy to promote market stabilization. 

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Commonwealth Fund Survey Findings Show ACA Has Improved the Ability of Individuals to Buy Health Insurance

February 01, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund 2016 survey results reflect that “the health insurance market has been working better for consumers buying coverage on their own, especially those with health problems since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect.”

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Governor Proposes Consolidating State Agencies, Citing Improved Delivery of Health and Welfare Services

January 30, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to consolidate four state agencies—Aging, Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs—under a proposed state Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would oversee the state’s health and welfare programs.

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National Governors Association Urges Congress to Keep Patients at the Forefront During ACA Debate

January 26, 2017

Bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association have weighed in with Congressional leaders about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid reform specifically.

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