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Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

April 23, 2018

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

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PA Receives $26 Million in 21st Century CURE Acts Funding to Fuel the Commonwealth’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

April 19, 2018

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released $485 million in second year funding for the Opioid State Targeted Response grants.  The grants were awarded to 57 states and territories, including $26 million for Pennsylvania, to enhance efforts to combat the opioid crisis. 

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Pennsylvania Hospital Emphasize Connection Between Food Insecurity and Health; Call for Support for Federal Nutrition Programs

April 17, 2018

In anticipation of the Farm Bill that was released this past week, HAP hosted an informational listening session in Washington D.C. for members of the Pennsylvania delegation and members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Congressman G. T. Thompson (PA-05) and Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) were among the participants of a hospital and community stakeholder listening session focusing on how hospitals and health systems are working to address food insecurity.

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Federal Policymakers Continue to Pursue Solutions to Opioid Epidemic

April 12, 2018

On the heels of investing nearly $4 billion in new resources to tackle the opioid epidemic in the recently enacted fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations act, Congressional committees are vetting new policy avenues to improve the response to the opioid crisis. 

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CMS Finalizes Rules Governing Health Insurance Marketplaces

April 10, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday issued its final rule impacting insurance plans offered on the health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. 

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PHC4 Report Underscores the Need for Additional Resources to Address Opioid Epidemic

March 28, 2018

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a research brief about the rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) hospital stays in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania hospitals are working as key partners with state and local government and community organizations to prevent substance use disorder (which reduces the frequency of NAS), to educate the public about the dangers of opioid misuse, and to care for patients.

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Increased Powers for FDA to Fight Opioid Crisis May Be Coming

March 27, 2018

A U.S. Senate Committee Chairman has introduced two draft bills designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority to address the opioid crisis.

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Congress Passes Government Funding Bill; Provides New Resources for Public Health

March 23, 2018

Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that funds the government through fiscal year 2018 and makes investments in key public health initiatives, including efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, respond to behavioral health challenges, advance the discovery of new medical innovations, and promote public health preparedness.

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New Report Shows U.S. Health Care Infrastructure Underprepared for Emergencies and Disaster Events

March 21, 2018

A recent report by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security found that the United States’ current health care infrastructure is insufficient to handle a mass disaster. The report outlines four key types of disasters for which health care systems stand to become better prepared.

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U.S. Senate Committee Hears Perspectives on 340B Drug Pricing Program

March 15, 2018

A hearing focused on the 340B Drug Pricing Program reviewed the intent of the program and considered if changes are necessary to the law in order to fulfill the purpose of the program. The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s hearing—Perspectives on the 340B Drug Pricing Program—featured testimony from advocates representing safety net hospitals, community health centers, health system pharmacists, and the pharmaceutical industry.

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Congressional Committee Considers Preparedness and Response to Seasonal Influenza

March 08, 2018

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee heard testimony from leading government officials about public health preparedness for the seasonal influenza and ways to improve the response.

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Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Access to Affordable Health Insurance

March 08, 2018

New survey results about Americans’ health insurance coverage indicate that an overwhelming majority (92%) support the right of all Americans to have access to affordable health care insurance. In addition, almost nine out of ten agree with paying into Medicare to ensure access to health care for older Americans. However, many with health insurance outside of employer-based coverage are concerned about the future of their own health insurance because of uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Market Stabilization Policies Under Review at Federal Level

March 07, 2018

Leading up to the March 23 deadline to fund the government, federal lawmakers, the Administration, and stakeholders are engaged in negotiations over a stabilization package that would steady health insurance marketplaces.

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U.S. House and Senate Leaders, Trump Administration Continue Work to Address Opioid Crisis

February 28, 2018

In the first of a three-part series of legislative hearings about combating the opioid crisis, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee examined several pieces of legislation relating to substance use disorder and behavioral health treatment. 

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As PA’s Overdose Deaths Rise, U.S. Senate Leaders Look to Technology to Address Opioid Crisis

February 27, 2018

As the health care community and federal, state, and local governments continue to work to find ways to curb the opioid crisis and help patients get on a path to recovery, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee today held a hearing titled, “The Opioid Crisis:  The Role of Technology and Data in Preventing and Treating Addiction.” 

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