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CMS Announces Major Changes to Bundled Programs

August 17, 2017

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would significantly reduce mandatory bundled programs. 

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CMS Extends Deadline for Insurers to File 2018 Rates

August 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that insurers participating in the Health Insurance Marketplaces (HealthCare.gov) have until September 5 to file their final rates for 2018. The action provides additional time for insurers to adjust their premiums due to continued uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, including the possibility that cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies will go unfunded next year.

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President Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

August 14, 2017

President Trump has declared the country’s opioid crisis a national emergency and has instructed the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis.

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HHS Secretary Price Says All Options on the Table to Fight Opioid Crisis

August 08, 2017

Following a briefing from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price addressed the media and pledged continued support from the Trump Administration to fight the crisis.

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Bipartisan Efforts to Address Insurance Market Stability Begin to Take Shape

August 03, 2017

In the wake of the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), bipartisan efforts focusing on market stability are underway through the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the U.S. House bipartisan “Problem Solvers Caucus.”  

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Federal Appeals Court Ruling Could Help Preserve Cost Sharing Subsidies

August 02, 2017

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that a coalition of 16 state attorneys general–including Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro–may intervene in the House v. Price appeal relating to the future of cost-sharing subsidies. While the decision does not bar the Trump Administration from ending the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, it does make it more difficult to cut off the payments.

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Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Pens Letter to HHS Secretary Price, Urges Market Stabilization

August 01, 2017

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price urging the federal government to commit to continued cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to help shore up Pennsylvania’s insurance marketplace.

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Congressman Murphy Introduces Legislation to Prevent Overdoses, Streamline Substance Use Treatment

August 01, 2017

On Friday, July 28, Congressmen Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced legislation to streamline substance use disorder treatment records.

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U.S. Senate Rejects ACA “Skinny Repeal” Legislation

July 28, 2017

Early this morning, the Senate voted 51 to 49 against the Health Care Freedom Act, also known as “skinny repeal” legislation. The legislation would have repealed limited portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the individual and employer mandates.

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HAP President and CEO: Lawmakers Should Start Fresh on Health Care Bill

July 25, 2017

News Release:  The U.S. Senate today voted in favor of a motion to proceed to consideration of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement​.

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State Insurance Commissioner: Pennsylvania’s Individual Health Care Insurance Market is Stabilizing

July 21, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller released today the insurer rate filings for health care insurance policy premiums for the 2018 individual marketplace, with an average rate increase of 8.8 percent for individual plans, and 6.7 percent for small group plans. Although the state's individual market is stabilizing, she also stressed that the current uncertainty surrounding national health care law threatens to upset that stability.

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Pennsylvania Recognized for Top-Performing Rural Critical Access Hospitals

July 21, 2017

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized Pennsylvania’s rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) this week for achieving the highest quality reporting rates and improved performance during the past year. Pennsylvania is among ten top-performing states that were recognized under HRSA’s Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project. HAP commends the state’s CAHs for their achievement in earning HRSA’s recognition.

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New CBO Analysis on Repeal Legislation: Higher Premiums and 32 Million More Uninsured by 2026

July 20, 2017

A newly released analysis about the direct spending and revenue effects of the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 (ORRA), would significantly increase the number of uninsured Americans. In addition, average premiums for individual health insurance policies would increase as much as 25 percent during the first year. Republican members of the U.S. Senate are vowing to push for a vote as early as next week for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

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U.S. House Asserts Oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program

July 18, 2017

In a Congressional hearing today—Examining HRSA’s Oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program—members of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee discussed the intent of the 340B Drug Pricing Program, oversight by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and potential areas for legislative action by Congress.

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Vote on Better Care Reconciliation Act Stalled; Senate Leadership Rethinking ACA Repeal Strategy

July 18, 2017

With four Republican U.S. Senators indicating they could not support the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), there were insufficient votes needed to act on beginning debate on the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following that announcement, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement indicating his goal to seek a vote on repealing the ACA with a two-year transition period in which Congress would work to replace the ACA.

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