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Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Plan to Avoid Government Shutdown

April 28, 2017

Both houses of Congress approved a one-week stopgap spending measure today. This short-term continuing resolution easily cleared both the House and the Senate.

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CMS Releases New Data on Race, Ethnicity and Language for the 2017 Open Enrollment Period

April 27, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released health disparities data for the 2017 health insurance open enrollment period.

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ACA Opponents Near Possible Agreement on Repeal Proposal

April 26, 2017

Last night, legislative language for the latest repeal-and-replace proposal was released in an effort to revive the American Health Care Act. The proposal is the result of efforts by Congressmen Mark Meadows and Tom MacArthur to make changes to the proposed bill that would attract enough support to repeal 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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Report Provides Recommendations for Strengthening Health Insurance Marketplace Websites

April 24, 2017

The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released a report evaluating federal and state-based marketplace websites for health insurance enrollment. The progress report is an analysis of how the exchanges are providing resources to enroll consumers in health insurance coverage.

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Challenges Remain Around ACA Subsidy Payments After Meeting with CMS Administrator

April 21, 2017

Senior representatives from major health insurers met with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ leadership earlier this week, seeking clarity for Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidy funding for the cost sharing reduction program.

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GAO Report Highlights Insufficient Payment of Services as a Barrier to Adoption of Telehealth Services

April 21, 2017

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recognizes the potential telehealth has to improve or maintain quality of care, but adoption of telehealth lacks due to insufficient reimbursement for services. 

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House Republicans Continue Work on Possible AHCA Deal, Pennsylvania Hospitals Remain Opposed

April 20, 2017

Media outlets have started to report about a possible ACA repeal and replace deal. Pennsylvania hospitals continue to oppose any such efforts without an appropriate replacement to ensure continued coverage for Pennsylvanians who have benefited from the ACA.

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PA Awarded $26 Million in Federal Funding to Help Combat Opioid Abuse Crisis

April 20, 2017

US Department of Health and Human Services announced the award of $485 million in grants to help all 50 states and four territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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U.S. Senators Propose Limitations on Opioid Prescriptions; HAP Hosting Opioid Workshops

April 19, 2017

In an ongoing effort by Congress to fight drug addiction and abuse, U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill to impose strict limits on certain opioid prescriptions. The bill sponsors’ home states of New York and Arizona enacted similar legislation.

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CMS Releases Proposed FY 2018 Medicare Payment Policies and Rates

April 17, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System.

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Federal DHHS Issues ACA Market Stabilization Rules, Consumer Subsidy Concerns Unresolved

April 14, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule finalizing changes to help stabilize the Affordable Care Act individual and small group marketplaces, but the rule does not address continuation of subsidies to reduce out-of-pocket costs for certain individuals.

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Legislation Would Use Technology and Evidence-Based Medicine to Reduce Medicaid Costs, Improve Care

April 12, 2017

Senator Scott Martin has introduced legislation modeled after an Alaska plan, which would use technology and evidence-based medicine to reduce Medicaid costs and improve patient care.

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Legislation Introduced to Stabilize Medicare Payments for Rural Pennsylvania Hospitals

April 07, 2017

Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Peter Welch (D-VT) to introduce the Rural Hospital Access Act (S. 872/H.R. 1955), which would provide much needed support to rural hospitals who often face special challenges due to smaller numbers of beds, fewer admissions, and patients and communities with older demographics.

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HAP Stresses Importance of Protecting Insurance Coverage During Auditor General and Treasurer Town Hall Meeting

April 07, 2017

HAP participated in a town hall meeting panel discussion hosted by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Joe Torsella. The row officers held the “Future of Health Care in a Trump Administration” to fill a void in public conversation about an issue that has significant implications for Pennsylvanians’ access to health care, as well as the state’s fiscal health.

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