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House Republicans Continue Work on Possible AHCA Deal, Pennsylvania Hospitals Remain Opposed

April 20, 2017

Media outlets have started to report about a possible ACA repeal and replace deal. Pennsylvania hospitals continue to oppose any such efforts without an appropriate replacement to ensure continued coverage for Pennsylvanians who have benefited from the ACA.

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Senate Hears from Stakeholders About Consolidation of State Agencies

April 13, 2017

Reading Hospital hosted the Pennsylvania Senate's second hearing about the consolidation of the departments of Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging, this time gathering testimony from various stakeholders.

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Legislation Would Use Technology and Evidence-Based Medicine to Reduce Medicaid Costs, Improve Care

April 12, 2017

Senator Scott Martin has introduced legislation modeled after an Alaska plan, which would use technology and evidence-based medicine to reduce Medicaid costs and improve patient care.

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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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House Committees Hold Joint Hearing on Consolidation of State Agencies

April 05, 2017

This morning, the House Health Committee, House Human Services Committee, and the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committees convened a joint hearing about Governor Wolf’s proposal to merge four departments, creating the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Legislature Begins Process to Delve into the Consolidation of State Health Agencies

March 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services, Aging and Youth, Intergovernmental Agencies, and Appropriation Committees held a joint hearing today on Governor Wolf’s proposal to merge four departments creating the Department of Health and Human Services.

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PA Hospitals Add 100 Jobs During February

March 28, 2017

Hospital employment in Pennsylvania increased by 100 jobs from January 2017 to February 2017, for total direct employment of 273,100. This is 6,100 more hospital jobs than one year ago, during February 2016, when the total number was 267,000. These jobs figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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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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