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Senate Committee Considers House Health-Related Legislation

November 14, 2017

This week, the Pennsylvania Senate returned to session after briefly breaking following the final passage of state budget legislation. Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee resumed business by considering three different legislative proposals.

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Pennsylvania Awarded Federal Grant to Support Evidence-Based Home Visit Programs

November 14, 2017

Governor Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services received a federal grant of $11.7 million in support of a state program that benefits Pennsylvania’s families.

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2.9 Million Pennsylvanians Insured through Medicaid and CHIP; New Data from CMS

November 03, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a preliminary August 2017 report and supporting data on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment stats earlier this week.

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Report Finds Drop in Uncompensated Care, Outpatient Growth for PA’s Non-Acute and Specialty Hospitals

October 31, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its Annual Report on the Financial Health of Pennsylvania Non-General Acute Care Hospitals, finding that uncompensated care saw a decrease of 17 percent or $3.3 million in fiscal year 2016. Specialty hospitals saw the largest percent point decrease, followed by psychiatric and long-term acute care

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PA Senate Committee Approves Bed Registry Legislation

October 17, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted Senate Bill 179 out of committee.  Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the legislation instructs the Department of Health to create a statewide psychiatric inpatient bed registry to identify available beds in real time across the commonwealth.

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DHS Begins Sending Community HealthChoices Consumer Packets in Southwest Zone

October 03, 2017

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will implement Community HealthChoices (CHC) in the Southwest Zone effective January 1, and has started mailing pre-enrollment packages to eligible participants. Consumers are being asked to select their health plan, and individuals who do not select a plan by November 13 will be assigned to a plan.

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U.S. Senate Abandons Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Repeal and Replace Proposal

September 26, 2017

Faced with a tide of opposition from health care stakeholders, advocates, patients and consumers, the U.S. Senate abandoned an effort to vote on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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PHC4 Releases 2016 Financial Analysis for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

September 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its fiscal year 2016 financial analysis for ambulatory surgery centers, saying their operating and total margins remained steady at about 25.5 percent.

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PHC4 Releases 2016 Financial Analysis for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

September 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council released its fiscal year 2016 financial analysis for ambulatory surgery centers, stating that operating and total margins remained steady in the 25 percent range, similar to fiscal year 2015.

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States That Expanded Medicaid Are Reducing Uninsured Amongst Minority Populations; Outreach Important to Sustaining Coverage Gains

August 22, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund recently released a report that shows that the decision by states, such as Pennsylvania, to expand Medicaid has resulted in 2016 uninsured rates for lower-income whites, blacks, and Latinos that were born in the United States dropping below 10 percent. 

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Governor Announces New Leaders for Department of Human Services, Insurance

August 18, 2017

Governor Wolf has announced that he has nominated Teresa Miller, current Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to serve as Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), effective August 21.

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Progress on State Budget

July 27, 2017

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed several bills intended to implement the General Fund Appropriations Act for FY 2017–2018 (House Bill 218), which specifies appropriations for this year’s state budget.

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Pennsylvania’s Critical Access Hospitals are Key to Rural Health Care

June 15, 2017

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly continues its work on the 2017–2018 state budget, it is clear that the commonwealth faces a projected revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year of $1.2 billion and a growing structural deficit for next year. This places some important supplemental hospital payments at risk for reduction, including payments that support critical access hospitals.

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HAP Highlights Hospital Emergency Preparedness Partnership during Senate Informational Hearing

June 14, 2017

Today, HAP’s Tom Grace, vice president, emergency preparedness, provided lawmakers with an update about the important emergency preparedness work underway as a part of the commonwealth’s Hospital Preparedness Partnership Program between the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and HAP.

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The Importance of Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania

June 12, 2017

The Pennsylvania General Assembly returned this week to continue work on the 2017–2018 state budget. The commonwealth faces a projected revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year of $1.2 billion and a growing structural deficit for next year, placing some supplemental hospital payments at risk for reduction, including payments that support life-saving trauma care.

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