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New Resources Provide Updates, Insight into Health Insurance Trends

February 15, 2019

The Commonwealth Fund recently released a survey assessing the extent and quality of coverage for U.S. working-age adults, and an interactive map that lays out states' efforts to access adequate health insurance.

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Newly Introduced Federal Legislation Would Offer Flexibility for Rural Hospitals to Meet the Needs of Rural Communities

February 13, 2019

Two new legislative proposals introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide flexibility for rural providers to appropriately manage the length of stay of patients served by critical access hospitals and better leverage the clinical workforce to provide care to patients in underserved communities.

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AHA Court Filing Calls for Full Restoration of 340B Cuts

February 04, 2019

In a court-ordered brief filed late last week, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and others demanded that hospitals that received payment cuts of almost 30 percent for their 340B prescription drug claims be “made whole.” 

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U.S. Uninsured Rate Rises to Highest Point in Four Years

January 24, 2019

According to findings from data collected as a part of the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, the percentage of U.S. adults without insurance is 13.7 percent, the highest level in more than four years.

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New Report Considers Impact of Drug Prices and Shortages on Hospitals and Patient Care

January 23, 2019

As both Congress and the Administration place a focus on exploring policy options to address rising drug prices, a new report identifies challenges facing hospitals and patients in managing the financial burden of increased spending on prescription drugs, and the threat of disruption in access to care resulting from shortages of critical medications.

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American Hospital Association Names Human Trafficking a Key Focus for 2019 Anti-violence Initiative

January 18, 2019

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative has named human trafficking as a main focus area for 2019

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U.S. Senate Leaders Highlight Health Care Priorities for 2019

January 11, 2019

Although the partial government shutdown continues to dominate legislative attention, committee leaders are in the process of formally organizing, and setting the agenda and priorities for the 116th Congress.

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For 2017, Uncompensated Care in Pennsylvania Goes Down as National Trend Remains Steady

January 09, 2019

The American Hospital Association recently issued a report stating that United States hospitals provided $38.4 billion worth of uncompensated medical care during 2017.

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Federal Court Ruling Blocks Detrimental Payment Cut Impacting 340B Hospitals

December 28, 2018

The D.C. District Court blocked a nearly 30 percent payment cut impacting many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program—a program that helps hospitals and patients manage the ever-increasing burden of prescription drug costs.

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Lawmakers Taking Action in Face of Texas Court Ruling about Affordable Care Act

December 27, 2018

A number of state and federal lawmakers plan to fight to protect the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act during early 2019.

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Congress Advances Maternal Health Legislation

December 20, 2018

In response to increasing alarm over rising maternal mortality rates and heightened attention to maternal health outcomes, Congress passed two important pieces of legislation designed to prevent maternal deaths and increase access to maternity care.

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Open Enrollment Continues to Lag with One Day Left; Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Get Covered, Stay Covered

December 14, 2018

With just one day remaining during the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace, Pennsylvanians who get their insurance through the marketplace, or who are uninsured, should take advantage of this opportunity to get covered and stay covered.

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House Republications introduce Bills to Increase Health Care Access in Rural Communities

December 13, 2018

As part of the U.S. House Ways and Means Medicare Red Tape Relief Project, House Republican members this week introduced a package of health care-related bills, which puts a spotlight on two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing access in rural communities.

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Congress Approves Compromise Farm Bill that Safeguards Key Nutrition Assistance

December 12, 2018

Federal lawmakers reached a bipartisan, bicameral compromise that reauthorizes the Farm Bill, including key investments in nutrition assistance resources—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. Pennsylvania hospitals have called for support for SNAP as an important tool to help address food insecurity. Healthy food access is among the top social determinants of health.

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HAP and Pennsylvania Providers Voice Health Care Consequences of Proposed “Public Charge” Immigration Policy

December 11, 2018

Pennsylvania hospitals and statewide organizations representing health care providers that serve Pennsylvania patients urged federal policymakers to reconsider a proposed immigration policy that will have direct consequences for the health of millions of lawfully present families and, in turn, impact the health of all citizens and communities.

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