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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 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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New Report Analyzes Possible State Response to Proposed Medicaid Changes

June 20, 2017

A new report by the Urban Institute considers three scenarios states may pursue if the Medicaid financing policies included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) are enacted. 

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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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CMS Report Finds Marketplace Enrollment Down, Emphasizes Need for Continued Outreach

June 16, 2017

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its health insurance marketplace enrollment snapshot report, which found a decrease in marketplace enrollment from the prior reporting period.

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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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PA will See Major Employment and Economic Strains under Proposed American Health Care Act

June 14, 2017

Today, The Commonwealth Fund released its economic and employment assessment of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on the United States. According to the study, enactment of the AHCA would lead to nearly 85,000 jobs lost in Pennsylvania by 2026 and more than $14 billion lost in business output.

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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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HHS Secretary Price Defends 18% Cut to Next Year’s HHS Budget

June 08, 2017

Today, federal lawmakers began vetting President Trump’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In testimony before the U.S. Senate Finance and the U.S. House Ways & Means Committees, HHS Secretary Tom Price presented a strong defense of the Administration’s plan to cut the HHS budget by about 18 percent overall.

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PA Providers to Senators Toomey and Casey: AHCA Hits PA Harder than Other States

June 08, 2017

News Release:  Ahead of possible Senate action on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a group of 27 health care providers and organizations from across Pennsylvania sent a joint letter to Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey about how the AHCA “severely disadvantages Pennsylvania...”

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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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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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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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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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