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Pennsylvania Rural Global Payment Pilot in Spotlight at Federal Level

May 25, 2018

Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Payment Pilot was featured during a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing, Rural Health Care in America: Challenges and Opportunities, as an innovative approach to address the challenges of preserving access to care in rural communities.

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CBO Says Repeal of Affordable Care Act Mandate Penalty will Lead to More Uninsured and Higher Premiums

May 24, 2018

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposed a tax penalty on individuals who failed to fulfill the law’s shared responsibility requirement to secure qualifying health coverage. The individual mandate penalty was created to ensure more people secured access to affordable care and preventive services.  

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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Continuation of Hospital Public Health Preparedness Program

May 23, 2018

A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that supports the nation’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities. The bill reauthorizes the Hospital Preparedness Program for five years. 

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U.S. Senate Considers Health Care Workforce Challenges

May 22, 2018

A hearing today before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee considered strains the health care workforce is experiencing as it works to meet the needs of patients, as well as federal programs underway that support the recruitment, training, and retention of medical professionals.

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Workshop Highlights Opioid Best Practices, Features Remarks from PA Secretary of Health

May 21, 2018

Hospital and health system clinical leaders, as well as members of the health care community, met today in Harrisburg to participate in an opioid workshop and discuss best practices and new ideas to address the crisis in Pennsylvania.

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New Federal Proposal for Strengthening the Health Care Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 16, 2018

Newly introduced legislation, the Opioid Workforce Act of 2018, would strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis. The act incentivizes the training of physicians specialized in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and pain management. 

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U.S. Senate Committee Considers Impact of 340B Program in Helping Hospitals Serve Their Communities in the Face of High Drug Prices

May 15, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a second hearing on the 340B Drug Pricing Program to examine its federal oversight and consider avenues to strengthen program integrity and promote transparency.

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President Trump Announces Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices

May 11, 2018

President Donald J. Trump released a blueprint to lower drug prices, identifying immediate actions and opportunities within federal payment programs. Those priorities include increasing competition, improving negotiation, incentivizing lower list prices, and lowering out-of-pocket costs.

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Lawmakers Look to Medicare Advantage Program to Test Health Care Innovation

May 11, 2018

A Congressional committee hearing focused on how the Medicare Advantage program can help improve quality and health outcomes.

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U.S. House Committee Approves Package to Respond to Opioid Crisis

May 09, 2018

Building on areas of agreement, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee advanced 25 bills intended to help respond to the opioid epidemic.

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National Rural Health Council Announces Rural Health Strategy

May 08, 2018

A new national rural health strategy aims to make rural health care accessible, affordable, and accountable. The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Rural Health Council (RHC) developed the strategy with rural stakeholder and consumer input.

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CMS’ Verma Shares Vision for Better Health; Identifies Regulatory Reform as Key Piece

May 07, 2018

One of the nation’s top health experts shared her vision for better health care with hospital leaders.

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Survey Finds Coverage Gains under ACA Beginning to Reverse

May 01, 2018

Findings from the latest Commonwealth Fund tracking survey demonstrate that the increased number of individuals covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is beginning to reverse.

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Federal Opioid Packages Advance in Congressional Committees

April 26, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee and U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee approved legislative packages designed to take next steps at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic.

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Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

April 23, 2018

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

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