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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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Report Quantifies Burden of Multiple Chronic Conditions

September 20, 2017

A new report, seeking to outline and quantify the key challenges of multiple chronic conditions found that with each additional chronic condition, health care costs more than double, so that treating a patient with four chronic conditions could cost as much as 16 times more than a patient with only one condition could.

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Governor Wolf Joins Bipartisan Group of Governors to Oppose Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Amendment

September 19, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf has joined a group of ten bipartisan governors from across the country to send a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to express their opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment, the Senate’s last-ditch proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before budget reconciliation rules expire on September 30. Under current reconciliation rules, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment would only require a simple majority of senators vote to approve the measure.

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Wolf Administration Declares September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month

September 19, 2017

Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller and Drug and Alcohol Programs Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith recently held a joint press event to educate expectant mothers and the public on the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant and to announce that Governor Wolf has declared September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month in the commonwealth.

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Insurance Commissioner Announces No Change in Primary Medical Liability Coverage Limits

September 18, 2017

Pennsylvania’s acting insurance commissioner has announced that she was unable to determine that there is sufficient additional basic insurance capacity to increase the current basic primary limits for calendar years 2018 and 2019.

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HAP, Providers Urge Delegation to Preserve Key Health Care and Insurance Programs

September 18, 2017

Ahead of looming Congressional deadlines regarding vital health care issues and the potential for action by the U.S. Senate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HAP joined 26 Pennsylvania health care provider and advocacy groups to send a joint letter to Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, stressing the importance of preserving access to health care and health insurance coverage for the commonwealth’s families.

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Uninsured Rate Dropped To Record Low During 2016

September 15, 2017

New data released for 2016 by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the rate of uninsured Americans dropped to a record low of 8.8 percent, or 28.1 million, compared to Americans who were uninsured during 2015 (9.1% or 29 million). Pennsylvania’s rate of uninsured for 2016 also dropped to a record low of 5.6 percent, compared to 6.4 percent during 2015.

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News Release: HAP Announces Official Launch of HAPevolve

September 15, 2017

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has launched HAPevolve, a new for-profit subsidiary company offering on-demand solutions for business, clinical, and government compliance matters facing health care providers. 

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COACH Hospitals Implementing Healthy Access Food Pilot, Temple among First to Report Preliminary Data

September 14, 2017

The COACH (Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Community Health) collaborative is making progress toward its goal of addressing food insecurity among vulnerable, at-risk patients in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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CHIP Funding Deadline Ahead; Five-Year Extension Discussed

September 14, 2017

Facing a September 30 deadline, U.S. Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan agreement to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years. In Pennsylvania, more than 176,000 children rely on CHIP for affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. 

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Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Block Grant Proposal Introduced

September 13, 2017

Four U.S. Senators have attempted to revive the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the introduction of a new bill that would repeal much of the ACA and provide a block grant of health care funding to states.

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Senate Finance Committee Conducts Hearing about Issues Impacting Cost and Coverage in Health Care

September 12, 2017

Today, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee conducted a hearing about health care costs and coverage. Key points of discussion included market stabilization, prescription drug costs, purchasing, waivers, health savings accounts, and the individual market. 

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Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing about Health Insurance Market Stabilization

September 12, 2017

In the third of a series of hearings before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee, five industry experts with different backgrounds offered recommendations about how to bring stability to individual insurance markets both short-term and for the future. 

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In CMS Comment Letter, HAP Advocates for Continued 340B Payments, Regulatory Relief

September 11, 2017

Today HAP submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule for calendar year (CY) 2018.

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SAMHSA: 1 in 8 Children Living with Parent with Substance Abuse

September 08, 2017

About one in 8 children (8.7 million) aged 17 or younger lived in households with at least one parent who had a past-year substance use disorder (SUD), according to a new report from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Behavior Health Statistics. Most (86%) of these children lived with parents who suffered from alcohol use disorder.

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