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Uninsured in PA Drops 45% Since Affordable Care Act Began

September 22, 2017

The latest data from the U.S. Census calculates that since passage of the Affordable Care Act  in 2010, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has declined from 10.2 percent in 2010 to 5.6 percent in 2016, a 45 percent decrease in our state’s uninsured population and the lowest number on record.

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HAP Urges Pennsylvania Delegation to Oppose Disruptive Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Proposal

September 21, 2017

HAP urged Pennsylvania’s federal lawmakers to reject the complex, sweeping proposal put forth by U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) that would jeopardize health care coverage and protections relied upon by millions of Pennsylvanians. HAP called upon lawmakers to instead leverage bipartisan support for stabilizing the health insurance markets and promoting access to affordable health insurance and high quality care.

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Governor Wolf Joins Bipartisan Group of Governors to Oppose Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Amendment

September 19, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf has joined a group of ten bipartisan governors from across the country to send a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to express their opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment, the Senate’s last-ditch proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before budget reconciliation rules expire on September 30. Under current reconciliation rules, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment would only require a simple majority of senators vote to approve the measure.

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HAP, Providers Urge Delegation to Preserve Key Health Care and Insurance Programs

September 18, 2017

Ahead of looming Congressional deadlines regarding vital health care issues and the potential for action by the U.S. Senate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HAP joined 26 Pennsylvania health care provider and advocacy groups to send a joint letter to Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, stressing the importance of preserving access to health care and health insurance coverage for the commonwealth’s families.

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CHIP Funding Deadline Ahead; Five-Year Extension Discussed

September 14, 2017

Facing a September 30 deadline, U.S. Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan agreement to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years. In Pennsylvania, more than 176,000 children rely on CHIP for affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. 

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Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Block Grant Proposal Introduced

September 13, 2017

Four U.S. Senators have attempted to revive the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the introduction of a new bill that would repeal much of the ACA and provide a block grant of health care funding to states.

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Senate Finance Committee Conducts Hearing about Issues Impacting Cost and Coverage in Health Care

September 12, 2017

Today, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee conducted a hearing about health care costs and coverage. Key points of discussion included market stabilization, prescription drug costs, purchasing, waivers, health savings accounts, and the individual market. 

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In CMS Comment Letter, HAP Advocates for Continued 340B Payments, Regulatory Relief

September 11, 2017

Today HAP submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule for calendar year (CY) 2018.

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State Commissioners Counsel U.S. Senate on Health Insurance Market Stability

September 06, 2017

In a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee, state insurance commissioners offered recommendations for providing greater stability for individual insurance markets. With four hearings scheduled for September, the HELP Committee is working on a bipartisan package to address instability in the health insurance marketplaces. The committee aims to complete development before the end of the month.

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Funding for ACA 2018 Open Enrollment Outreach Reduced; Hospitals and Community Partners Urged to Engage in Outreach Efforts

September 01, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it only plans to spend $10 million on education and outreach for the 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment. Previously $100 million was spent each year for advertising.

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Governors Offer Blueprint for Insurance Market Stabilization; Senate Prepares for September Action

August 31, 2017

In a letter to Congressional leaders, a bipartisan group of governors, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, encouraged Congress and the Administration to take immediate steps to stabilize the individual health insurance marketplaces, and presented a policy blueprint.

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HAP Suggests Actions to Eliminate Medicare “Red Tape”

August 30, 2017

Pennsylvania hospitals have identified a series of recommendations targeting statutory and regulatory burdens that will reduce the administrative complexity of health care and allow health care providers to spend more time on patients rather than process and paperwork.

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Federal Report Shows Overall Improvement in U.S. Health Care Quality; Disparities Persist

August 24, 2017

An annual federal report, 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, about health care quality and access indicates that health care quality across the U.S. improved overall from 2000 through 2014-2015, but at different rates for different priority areas. Although some of the gaps in care are lessening, disparities persist, especially among poor and low-income families.

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States That Expanded Medicaid Are Reducing Uninsured Amongst Minority Populations; Outreach Important to Sustaining Coverage Gains

August 22, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund recently released a report that shows that the decision by states, such as Pennsylvania, to expand Medicaid has resulted in 2016 uninsured rates for lower-income whites, blacks, and Latinos that were born in the United States dropping below 10 percent. 

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CMS Announces Major Changes to Bundled Programs

August 17, 2017

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would significantly reduce mandatory bundled programs. 

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