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Seven National Hospital Organizations Write to Congress Opposing Draft Legislation Repealing and Replacing the ACA

March 08, 2017

A group of national organizations representing hospitals and health systems have written to members of the U.S. Congress expressing opposition to the House’s American Health Care Act, which would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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HAP Says New ACA Replacement Plan Will Not Provide Comparable Health Care

March 07, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter issued a statement about the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act expressing concern about coverage for the most vulnerable.

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Pennsylvania Tightens Medication Rules to Help Combat Opioid Crisis

March 07, 2017

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced increased regulatory oversight by Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure appropriate utilization of medically assisted treatment (MAT) by Medicaid providers. 

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HAP Presents to House Health Committee About Hospital Quality and Population Health Initiatives

March 06, 2017

HAP quality and population health leaders spoke to the Pennsylvania House Health Committee about population health, health care quality, and patient safety initiatives. They highlighted HAP-specific work, which has received national attention.

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HAP Celebrates Significant Growth in Participation for its Donate Life Hospital Challenge

March 06, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is again supporting the 2017 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge. To date, 106 hospitals have registered to participate.

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Bid Protests Cause DHS to Delay HealthChoices Implementation

March 03, 2017

Today, the Department of Human Services announced a delay in the effective dates of the new managed care organization agreements for HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s mandatory Medicaid managed care program.

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HAP’s Care in Pennsylvania Supports PA Hospitals’ Transparency Initiatives

March 02, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Care in Pennsylvania, a health care consumer-friendly website, continues to be a useful Pennsylvania-specific resource for health care quality, price, and health care terminology information.

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PA Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs Outline 2017–2018 Budget Needs; Make Case for Consolidation

March 01, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Jennifer Smith, joined Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy in providing testimony to the PA House Appropriations Committee yesterday afternoon. During the hearing, all three faced questions from members of the committee concerning the budget and other initiatives within the two departments.

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U.S. House Committee Seeks to Tackle Health Care Costs through Liability Reform

February 28, 2017

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee today advanced comprehensive medical liability reform legislation intended to improve access to quality, affordable health care. The Congressional Budget Office said the reforms would reduce the federal deficit by tens of billions of dollars over the next decade.

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Study Says ACA Increased PA Medicaid Recipients’ Primary Care Appointment Availability

February 27, 2017

A new study says that the Affordable Care Act has increased primary care appointment availability for Medicaid recipients. 

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More Americans View Affordable Care Act Favorably

February 24, 2017

This month’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds favorability for the Affordable Care Act at its highest level since 2010, when the law was enacted. The share of those polled who have a favorable opinion of the law (48%) is greater than the share of those who have an unfavorable opinion (42%).

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Nearly $1 Billion in ACA Tax Credits Helps Pennsylvanians Afford Their Insurance

February 23, 2017

During 2016, Pennsylvanians who obtained insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) federal Health Insurance Marketplace received, in total, nearly $1 billion in tax credit subsidies to help make that coverage more affordable.

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State Administration Officials Highlight the Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Caution Consequences of Repeal

February 22, 2017

In a press conference today attended by state government officials and Pennsylvania consumers, the Wolf Administration highlighted advancements resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the potential implications of repealing the law. The administration also released an “Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania Fact Sheet.”

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State Legislature Begins Annual Budget Hearing Process with Focus on Economic Performance, Revenue

February 21, 2017

Today, the State House and Senate Appropriations Committees held their first round of hearings on the Governor’s proposed 2017–2018 state budget. The House heard from the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO), the Department of Revenue, and the Department of State, while the Senate listened to presentations by the IFO and the Pennsylvania Treasury.

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National Report Projects Health Care Spending to Average 5.6 Percent During the Next Decade

February 21, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its national health expenditure projections for 2016–2025. The findings reflect that health spending, influenced by aging “baby boomers,” is expected to begin to increase at a faster rate, with the slowest growth during 2016 (4.8 percent) and 2017 (5.4 percent), and then higher increases during the remaining years. This follows a period of historically slow national health care spending growth.

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