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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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PA Legislature Sends Governor Pension Reform Bill

June 08, 2017

Today, the legislature voted to send Governor Wolf what many are hailing as a “historic” pension reform bill. 

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The Importance of Funding for PA’s Burn Centers

June 07, 2017

Proposals for the 2017–2018 state budget have mostly protected funding for hospital care. But some supplemental hospital payments are at risk for reduction, including payments that support life-saving burn care.

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Hospital OB/NICU Funding Crucial in Next Year’s State Budget

June 05, 2017

Proposals for the 2017–2018 state budget have mostly protected funding for hospital care. But some supplemental hospital payments are at risk for reduction, including crucial obstetrical (OB) and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) services.

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American Health Care Act Meets Financial Target and Moves to Senate; HAP Hopeful Senate Rewrite Will Protect Coverage for Pennsylvanians

May 24, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, released late today, estimates that enacting the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026 relative to current law.

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Governor Announces Pick for Head of New Department of Health and Human Services

May 23, 2017

Today, Governor Wolf announced current Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller as his pick to lead the proposed Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services. Miller has served as Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner since 2015.

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Nationally Insured Coverage Relatively Stable Between 2015 and 2016; Pennsylvania Uninsured Dropped

May 16, 2017

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released the 2016 findings from their national survey, which found that there was relatively no change in the uninsured between 2015 and 2016 nationally. However, in Pennsylvania, the survey reflects a continued drop in the percentage of uninsured from 2013 through 2016.

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HAP: AHCA Vote Threatens Coverage For More Than 1.1 Million Pennsylvanians

May 04, 2017

News Release:  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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HAP Says Key Hospital Report Underscores Need for Access to Affordable Health Care in Pennsylvania

April 26, 2017

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today made public its financial analysis report for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The PHC4 report highlights the complexities of Pennsylvania’s health care landscape. 

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Stroke Center Update Legislation Receives Senate Committee Vote

April 25, 2017

As noted by the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), May is Stroke Awareness Month, and today’s committee vote to update the stroke designation law is aptly timed. The committee unanimously voted House Bill 23 out of the Senate committee.

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