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HAP Statement on Release of Senate’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017”

June 22, 2017

News Release:  The U.S. Senate today released the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” its version of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) released the following statement.

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Coverage is Critical in Fighting Opioid Epidemic

June 21, 2017

The impact of the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—legislation would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—on progress in addressing the opioid epidemic remains a key issue as Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate drive for a vote before the July 4 district work period.

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HAP’s Andy Carter to Serve on Center for Organ Recovery & Education Board of Directors

June 21, 2017

Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO, was recently nominated to serve as a volunteer on the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) Board of Directors.

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HAP and Pennsylvania Children’s Hospitals Stress Concerns with AHCA and Impact on Children

June 21, 2017

In a letter to U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), HAP and six children’s hospitals serving Pennsylvania stressed serious concerns for the potential loss of health care coverage for 1.1 million Pennsylvanians if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is enacted into law, and pointed to particular impacts on children.

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Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA President and CEO Receives Grassroots Champion Award

June 21, 2017

News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) yesterday recognized Susan Croushore, president and CEO of Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania, as the 2017 Pennsylvania Grassroots Champion Award Recipient.

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PA House Approves Two Health Care-Related Bills

June 20, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considered two pieces of legislation addressing the safety of health care practitioners and a measure to help curb the opioid crisis.

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New Report Analyzes Possible State Response to Proposed Medicaid Changes

June 20, 2017

A new report by the Urban Institute considers three scenarios states may pursue if the Medicaid financing policies included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) are enacted. 

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Pennsylvania Hospitals are Working to Reduce “Super-Utilizers” in the Commonwealth; New PHC4 Research Brief Released Today

June 20, 2017

Today the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its research brief for super-utilizers of inpatient care services.

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Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Group of Governors: AHCA Not a Solution to Health Care Challenges

June 19, 2017

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined six other governors from across the country to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to amend the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to make a fairer system for America’s consumers.

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CMS Report Finds Marketplace Enrollment Down, Emphasizes Need for Continued Outreach

June 16, 2017

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its health insurance marketplace enrollment snapshot report, which found a decrease in marketplace enrollment from the prior reporting period.

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Pennsylvania’s Critical Access Hospitals are Key to Rural Health Care

June 15, 2017

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly continues its work on the 2017–2018 state budget, it is clear that the commonwealth faces a projected revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year of $1.2 billion and a growing structural deficit for next year. This places some important supplemental hospital payments at risk for reduction, including payments that support critical access hospitals.

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HAP Highlights Hospital Emergency Preparedness Partnership during Senate Informational Hearing

June 14, 2017

Today, HAP’s Tom Grace, vice president, emergency preparedness, provided lawmakers with an update about the important emergency preparedness work underway as a part of the commonwealth’s Hospital Preparedness Partnership Program between the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and HAP.

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New PHC4 Report Finds PA Specialty Hospitals for Children Continue to Meet High-Quality Performance Standards

June 14, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its report on pediatric and congenital heart surgery, finding that Pennsylvania specialty hospitals for children continue to meet high-quality performance standards.

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PA will See Major Employment and Economic Strains under Proposed American Health Care Act

June 14, 2017

Today, The Commonwealth Fund released its economic and employment assessment of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on the United States. According to the study, enactment of the AHCA would lead to nearly 85,000 jobs lost in Pennsylvania by 2026 and more than $14 billion lost in business output.

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Senate Health and Human Services Committee Meets on Full Agenda

June 13, 2017

Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), convened the Senate Health and Human Services committee to consider a full agenda, including opioid-related legislation.

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