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Nearly 370,000 Pennsylvanians Sign Up for ACA Marketplace Coverge, Part of Nearly 8.5 Million Nationwide

December 21, 2018

According to preliminary data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 369,954 Pennsylvanians used HealthCare.gov to select Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace health plans for 2019—about a five percent drop in enrollment compared to last year.

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Congress Advances Maternal Health Legislation

December 20, 2018

In response to increasing alarm over rising maternal mortality rates and heightened attention to maternal health outcomes, Congress passed two important pieces of legislation designed to prevent maternal deaths and increase access to maternity care.

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Governor’s Ready to Start Task Force Releases Key Themes and Initial Findings

December 19, 2018

In September, Governor Tom Wolf established the Ready to Start Task Force to develop strategies for addressing health, human services, and education policy for infants and toddlers age zero to three in Pennsylvania. Now the task force has released a report identifying key themes for their work and initial findings.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Jefferson Torresdale Hospital

December 18, 2018

Jefferson Torresdale Hospital was awarded HAP's “Living the Vision” 2018 Achievement Award for the Progressive Mobility Program to enhance outcomes for critically ill patients being cared for in intensive care units (ICU). The program achieved sustained improvements in the quality of patients’ ICU stays. 

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HAP, Hospitals Lament Texas Court Ruling that ACA Is Unconstitutional, But Emphasize that Coverage Remains Unaffected

December 17, 2018

Hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania and nationwide are extremely disappointed with the recent federal district court ruling declaring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. The ruling puts at risk comprehensive health coverage for millions of Pennsylvanians, including those with pre-existing conditions and those who rely on the marketplace and Medicaid expansion and for their coverage.

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Open Enrollment Continues to Lag with One Day Left; Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Get Covered, Stay Covered

December 14, 2018

With just one day remaining during the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace, Pennsylvanians who get their insurance through the marketplace, or who are uninsured, should take advantage of this opportunity to get covered and stay covered.

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House Republications introduce Bills to Increase Health Care Access in Rural Communities

December 13, 2018

As part of the U.S. House Ways and Means Medicare Red Tape Relief Project, House Republican members this week introduced a package of health care-related bills, which puts a spotlight on two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing access in rural communities.

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Congress Approves Compromise Farm Bill that Safeguards Key Nutrition Assistance

December 12, 2018

Federal lawmakers reached a bipartisan, bicameral compromise that reauthorizes the Farm Bill, including key investments in nutrition assistance resources—the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. Pennsylvania hospitals have called for support for SNAP as an important tool to help address food insecurity. Healthy food access is among the top social determinants of health.

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Wolf Administration Presents Commonwealth’s Mid-Year Economic Health Status, New Budget Secretary Announced

December 11, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Randy Albright announced that he will step down from his role as budget secretary, but not before he presented on the status of the Commonwealth’s economic health at the half-way point of the current fiscal year.

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HAP and Pennsylvania Providers Voice Health Care Consequences of Proposed “Public Charge” Immigration Policy

December 11, 2018

Pennsylvania hospitals and statewide organizations representing health care providers that serve Pennsylvania patients urged federal policymakers to reconsider a proposed immigration policy that will have direct consequences for the health of millions of lawfully present families and, in turn, impact the health of all citizens and communities.

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New PHC4 Report Shows Substance Use Present in One of every 25 Maternal Hospital Stays

December 11, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a research brief detailing trends related to the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. The report found that one in 25 pregnancy-related hospitalizations documented maternal substance use, up from 1 in 69 in 2000–2001. Of those patients with substance use disorder, 49 percent involved opioids.

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Governor’s “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week” Includes Distribution of Free Naloxone

December 10, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf kicked off “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week,” a statewide initiative to distribute naloxone and get help for residents suffering from opioid-use disorder.

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Fear of Clinical Judgment Censors Patient Disclosure, Study Says

December 07, 2018

A new study published by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor revealed that between 60 and 80 percent of patients actively withhold relevant health information from their clinicians. This highlights dilemmas that providers face in caring for individuals whose care may be more likely to be compromised because of the complexity of their health habits or lack of candid disclosure. 

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Hospitals Seek to Overturn New Payment Policy Jeopardizing Community Care

December 06, 2018

In a lawsuit filed this week, hospitals and hospital advocates—including the American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)—argued that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is acting outside the law by imposing a harmful new payment policy that reduces reimbursement and jeopardizes the ability of hospitals to meet the needs of their patients in community-based settings.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: St. Luke’s University Health Network

December 05, 2018

This week, HAP is spotlighting St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Achievement Award-winning program to reduce the rates of pneumothoraces (collapsed lungs) in its high-risk infants.

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