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News Release: PA Hospitals Support State Budget Deal

June 28, 2019

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, today released the following statement regarding the state General Assembly's approval of state budget plan that will help to continue to expand access to health care at the commonwealth’s hospitals.

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Support Builds for Strengthening Health Care Workforce to Respond to Opioid Epidemic

June 27, 2019

Federal legislation to strengthen the health care workforce serving on the front lines of the nation’s opioid epidemic earned the approval of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee in a legislative mark-up on Wednesday, and will now await consideration before the full House.

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HAP, Members Testify in Opposition to Venue Rule Change

June 26, 2019

HAP, members, and stakeholders testified this week in opposition to a proposed change to venue reform. The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) held a two-day hearing about the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposal to change the medical professional liability venue reform adopted during 2002.

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Trump Administration Issues Order Relating to Hospital Price Transparency

June 25, 2019

In an executive order issued Monday, the Trump Administration directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other agencies to develop rules requiring hospitals to disclose prices that reflect what insurers pay for services. The rules also will require health care providers and insurers to disclose out-of-pocket costs that consumers will face before they receive health care services.

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Survey Highlights the Benefits of Telehealth in Rural Communities

June 24, 2019

A recent survey by National Public Radio (NPR), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health sheds new light on the struggles rural families face with affordability and accessibility of vital health care services.

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Tackling Food Insecurity Requires Commitment from Everyone

June 21, 2019

This week, several state leaders emphasized the importance of partnership efforts to address hunger insecurity. HAP's social determinants of health collaborative and COACH initiative are fully engaged.

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Health Care Costs Legislation Moves Toward Committee Consideration; Includes Patient Protections

June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took steps to advance a package of policies that address health care costs—including a policy to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

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Kaiser Poll Details Americans’ Campaign Interests; Reveals Very Few Understand Medicare for All

June 19, 2019

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) just released the results of the most recent KFF Health Tracking Poll conducted May 30–June 4, 2019. The poll measured Americans’ expectations from the Democratic presidential campaign and also their perception of the proposed national health plan, also called Medicare for All.

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Pennsylvania Health Care Providers Join Forces to Emphasize Importance of Medicaid

June 18, 2019

Leaders from organizations representing Pennsylvania health care providers reinforced the importance of Medicaid during meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  

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HAP Endorsed Partner Vizient Teams Up with Civica Rx to Improve Affordability and Availability of Generic Drugs

June 18, 2019

One of HAP’s endorsed partners, Vizient, will be collaborating with Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that is committed to stabilizing the supply of essential generic medications in a hospital setting.

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Survey Results Reinforce that Hospitals Rely on 340B Funding to Provide Care

June 17, 2019

Findings from a 340B Health survey reveal that the 340B Drug Pricing Program generated average savings of $11.8 million nationally during 2018, and the savings are being used to benefit low-income and rural patients.

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Study Finds Pennsylvania among States with Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

June 14, 2019

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, Pennsylvania has the third highest death rate from drug overdoses (behind Ohio and West Virginia) and mortality rates from drug overdoses were at least five times higher than rates for alcohol-related deaths and about three times higher than suicide rates.

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Coverage Proposals Examined in U.S. House Hearing; Hospitals Advocate to Build on Progress in Expanding Access to Comprehensive Coverage

June 13, 2019

In the face of strong public attention to the affordability of health care and political interest by Democrat Presidential hopefuls in a single-payer regime in which government operates a tax-funded health insurance plan for all residents, in a hearing this week, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee explored policy options to expand access to health coverage.

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With National Eyes on Innovative Rural Health Model, Senate Takes Key Vote

June 12, 2019

Today, legislation aimed at improving the financial stability of rural hospitals gained unanimous support from the Pennsylvania Senate and was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.​ Senate Bill 314, sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R–Luzerne), would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC), which would serve as the governing body of the new Rural Health Model, which began January 1, 2019, and was formally announced during March.

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HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill Passes Senate

June 12, 2019

HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 was voted on today by the full Senate. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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