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PA’s Senator Casey Calls for Strong Commitment to NIH Funding to Support Research That Saves and Improves Lives

April 18, 2019

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) are taking a lead role advocating for federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2020 federal budget.

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New Report Outlines Potential Pitfalls of Site-neutral Payment Policies

April 11, 2019

A recent American Hospital Association (AHA) report provides new insight into site-neutral payments, which may impact the reimbursement rate for the care that hospitals provide to patients in outpatient settings.

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Federal Lawmakers and Stakeholders Aligned in Focusing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Balance Bills

April 03, 2019

Broad consensus continues to emerge regarding the need to pursue policy that will protect patients from surprise balance billing.

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HAP Supports a State-based Health Insurance Exchange in Pennsylvania

March 29, 2019

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department is proposing to create a state-based health insurance exchange to better serve Pennsylvanians with a target implementation date of 2021. 

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Future of ACA in Focus as Administration Challenges Law and U.S. House Democrats Reaffirm Support

March 26, 2019

As the U.S. Department of Justice called for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a Texas District Court decision invalidating the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. House Democrats are pursuing a legislative strategy to reinforce patient protections under the ACA and protect the ACA insurance markets from actions by the Trump Administration to undermine the law.

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HAP Statement: HAP Takes Action to Protect Patients’ Access to Care

March 25, 2019

On behalf of Pennsylvania patients and the hospitals they count on for care, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today filed a motion in the Middle District Federal Court to intervene in a lawsuit resulting from the significant policy consequences of recent actions by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

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U.S. HHS Leader Azar Pledges Historic Regulatory Reforms During 2019

March 20, 2019

Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar addressed health care attorneys this week about the role that regulatory reform plays in better health care at a lower cost.

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U.S. House Committee Exercises Oversight of “Skinny” Health Plans

March 15, 2019

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee initiated an oversight investigation into the practices of short-term, limited duration insurance health care plans and insurance brokers. 

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Funding Extension Reintroduced

March 14, 2019

A bipartisan, bicameral group of federal lawmakers today held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act—legislation that would extend and expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic initiative.

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Report about Public Option Signals Problems; Threats to Patient Access to Care and Massive Hospital Funding Cuts

March 12, 2019

Two national hospital groups have released a new report that considers the implications of a policy proposal to make a public health insurance plan fully available on the health exchanges beginning in 2024. 

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Federal Budget Request Proposes Significant Health Program Cuts and Medicaid Policy Changes

March 11, 2019

President' Trumps fiscal year 2020 budget request supports ending HIV transmission and addressing drug pricing. His request also includes major policy proposals impacting Medicare and Medicaid in order to achieve savings.

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New Report Shows Patient Struggle with Drug Costs; Aging Committee Discusses Options to Improve Affordability

March 08, 2019

A new poll details the extent to which Americans are struggling to afford prescription drug medications and the impact of rising drug costs on their care. The poll validates federal policymakers' interest in addressing the issue.

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U.S. House Committee Considers Market Approaches to Lower Consumer Costs and Expand Access

March 06, 2019

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee reviewed a series of legislative proposals aimed at building on the successes of the current market-based approach to providing health care and improving efforts to expand access to coverage and lower consumer costs.

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House Democrats Initiate Policy Conversation about ‘Medicare for All’; Funding for Plan is Not Defined

February 27, 2019

The concept of a single-payer health care system, in which government operates a tax-funded health insurance plan for all residents, has been a mainstay of political health care reform discussions for years. As Democrat Presidential hopefuls define their position relative to single-payer, progressive leaders of the Congressional Caucus advocating for “Medicare for All” introduced a sweeping overhaul of the our existing health care system. The plan would transition all Americans into a government-run, single-payer, universal Medicare program over two years, eliminating private insurance. This legislative proposal also calls for providing global budgets to all health care providers in order to contain costs. Global budgets prospectively set the amount of money that can be spent.

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AHA Principles Set Framework for Surprise Billing Solution; Hospital Groups Offer Support to Federal Leaders

February 21, 2019

The American Hospital Association has developed a set of principles to serve as a guidepost for work with Congress and the Trump Administration to protect patients from surprise billing.

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