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As Open Enrollment Winds Down, Report Measures Big Progress in Access to Care

December 14, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund compared state trends in access to affordable health care between 2013 and 2016 and found that 47 states saw their adult uninsured rates drop by five percentage points or more in the first three years following the Affordable Care Act. With 2018 Open Enrollment ending tomorrow, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals are urging individuals to make plan selections and complete enrollment by December 15. 

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Rate of Health Care Spending Growth Decreases

December 13, 2017

According to a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), overall health spending grew by 4.3 percent during 2016, as compared to 5.8 percent in 2015.

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PA CHIP Receives Legislative Approval; Uncertainty Around Federal Funding Remains

December 12, 2017

The Pennsylvania legislature approved legislation to reauthorize the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. House Bill 1388 (Irvin, R-Huntingdon) now heads to Governor Wolf for his signature which he has indicated he will sign.

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PA Hospitals, Governor Urge Residents to Enroll for Coverage by December 15

December 11, 2017

Friday marks the deadline for the 2018 federal Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment and HAP, Pennsylvania’s hospitals, and Governor Tom Wolf are reminding individuals to make plan selections and complete enrollment by Friday, December 15.

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HAP Urges Congressional Support for Legislation to Reinstate the 340B Drug Pricing Program

December 08, 2017

As Congress finalizes its end-of-year agenda, HAP is urging members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to cosponsor bipartisan legislation to block a detrimental new policy that will dramatically cut payments to certain hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Moody’s Investors Service Changes 2018 Outlook for Not-for-Profit and Public Health Care to Negative

December 05, 2017

Moody’s Investor Service recently revised its outlook for credit conditions for the not-for-profit and public health care sectors during 2018 from stable to negative. Moody’s cites that revenue growth is under pressure because of lower payment increases, increased reliance on government payors, and the continued shift of employed groups and individuals to high deductible health plans.

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As CHIP Turns 25, Funding Extension Still Uncertain

December 05, 2017

This weekend, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) celebrated its 25th anniversary in Pennsylvania. Former Governor Robert P. Casey signed the original state CHIP authorization into law on December 2, 1992. The program served as a national model, and nearly seven years later, former President Bill Clinton signed legislation that enacted CHIP across the United States.

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News Release: HAP Statement about U.S. Senate-Passed Tax Plan

December 04, 2017

During Saturday, December 2, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Following the vote, Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) released the following statement.

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HAP Expresses Support for Extending Graduate Nurse Education Pilot

December 04, 2017

Andy Carter, HAP’s President and CEO, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation endorsing the extension of the Medicare Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration, an initiative that promotes clinical training of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) through partnerships between hospitals, schools of nursing, and non-hospital, community-based training sites.

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Drug Prices in Spotlight During Confirmation Hearing for HHS Secretary Nominee

November 29, 2017

Drug prices and the affordability of health care were key topics in the first confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, the nominee to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Pennsylvania Sees 100,000 Insurance Sign-ups During First Three Weeks; PA Hospitals Urge Consumers to Continue Signing Up for Health Care Coverage

November 22, 2017

During the first three weeks of open enrollment (November 1–18), Pennsylvania has had 101,286 plan selections for health insurance enrollment. Nearly 800,000 people have selected health plans using the HealthCare.gov platform. This puts nationwide open enrollment selections near 2.3 million during the first three weeks of open enrollment, including more than 550,000 new consumers.

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Individual Mandate Repeal Included in U.S. Senate Tax Reform Legislation

November 15, 2017

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has included policy in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would, in effect, repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by eliminating the penalty that individuals who do not maintain health coverage must pay.

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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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AHA Report: Regulatory Burdens Cost Hospitals $39 Billion Annually

November 13, 2017

A recent American Hospital Association (AHA) report quantifies the impact of regulatory burden on our nation’s hospitals and post-acute care facilities. The report, Regulatory Overload, details the cost to providers of complying with an ever-changing array of new and existing regulations that don’t improve patient care, but increase the cost of care.

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U.S. House Passes CHIP Bill; Includes Two-Year Delay to DSH Cuts

November 03, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years and provide a two-year delay to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment cuts.

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