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Cost-sharing Reduction Payments Remain in Limbo

October 25, 2017

Federal lawmakers continue to grapple with next steps to provide greater stability to the individual insurance markets.

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced that it would not fulfill cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—designed to help reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans. The federal government pays the CSR subsidies monthly to insurers to compensate them for discounting insurance rates for low-income consumers who earn 100 to 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Legislative Briefing Addresses the Challenges of Substance Use Disorder in Rural Pennsylvania 

October 25, 2017

At the invitation of HAP, Jack Cahalane, PhD, MPH, Chief, Adult Services at UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, presented testimony during the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association’s annual legislative briefing, sharing insight about the effectiveness of using telepsychiatry to address the crippling impact of the opioid crisis in rural Pennsylvania.

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PHC4 Hospital Performance Report Shows Statewide Improvements in Quality, Outcomes

October 25, 2017

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council's (PHC4) 2016 Hospital Performance Report released today underscores the Pennsylvania hospital community’s continued commitment to providing excellent, cutting-edge care, and working to find new ways to improve its quality and safety measures.

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Congress Reviews Hurricane Response, Including Impacts to Drug Supply

October 24, 2017

Key officials overseeing the public health response to recent hurricanes provided an update to Congress about response efforts in the affected areas and the ongoing public health risks, as well as steps federal agencies are taking to safeguard access to critical drugs and medical devices.

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Gallup Survey Shows Uninsured Rate Starting to Rise Nationally; HAP Advocating to Protect Health Insurance Coverage

October 23, 2017

A recent survey by Gallup shows that nationally, the uninsured rate continues to increase since hitting a record low during 2016. The Gallup poll finds that the uninsured rate increased from 11.7 percent during mid-2017 to 12.3 percent during the third quarter of 2017; this represents an increase of 1.4 percentage points since the end of 2016.

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UnitedHealthcare Survey Sheds Light on Health Care Consumerism

October 20, 2017

Results from UnitedHealthcare’s 2017 Consumer Sentiment Survey reflect the growth in consumer-driven health care. High-deductible health plans and more out-of-pocket expenses have led to a change in consumer behavior, with more people comparison shopping for high quality, low-cost care.

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U.S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Plan to Improve Care for Seniors with Chronic Conditions

September 27, 2017

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that will improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions and also will lower costs.

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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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HAP, PA Provider Associations Call for Protection of Medicaid as AHCA Vote Nears

May 02, 2017

In anticipation of this week’s possible vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), HAP and many other Pennsylvania provider associations today sent a letter urging the protection of Medicaid to the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation.

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