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CBO Says Repeal of Affordable Care Act Mandate Penalty will Lead to More Uninsured and Higher Premiums

May 24, 2018

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposed a tax penalty on individuals who failed to fulfill the law’s shared responsibility requirement to secure qualifying health coverage. The individual mandate penalty was created to ensure more people secured access to affordable care and preventive services.  

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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Continuation of Hospital Public Health Preparedness Program

May 23, 2018

A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that supports the nation’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities. The bill reauthorizes the Hospital Preparedness Program for five years. 

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HAP’s Leadership Summit Honors Hospital Grassroots Champion, Achievement Award Winners

May 22, 2018

As part of its 2018 Leadership Summit, HAP is proud to honor individuals and programs that are on the cutting edge of health care innovation. Honorees represent the best and brightest of care delivery, advocacy, and technological advances, and they are essential to fostering a robust hospital community in the commonwealth.

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U.S. Senate Considers Health Care Workforce Challenges

May 22, 2018

A hearing today before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee considered strains the health care workforce is experiencing as it works to meet the needs of patients, as well as federal programs underway that support the recruitment, training, and retention of medical professionals.

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Workshop Highlights Opioid Best Practices, Features Remarks from PA Secretary of Health

May 21, 2018

Hospital and health system clinical leaders, as well as members of the health care community, met today in Harrisburg to participate in an opioid workshop and discuss best practices and new ideas to address the crisis in Pennsylvania.

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U.S. House Committees Advance Additional Opioid Bills

May 18, 2018

The U.S. House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees advanced a slate of bills with the goal of making progress in tackling the opioid crisis and protecting communities by bolstering enforcement efforts, strengthening prevention and public health efforts, and addressing coverage and payment issues in Medicare and Medicaid.

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Can Mobile Apps Improve Diabetes Patients’ Health?

May 17, 2018

Consumers have access to roughly 280 mobile apps for diabetes management, but how effective are these? A recent report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only 11 of these apps had been researched for clinical efficacy. 

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New Federal Proposal for Strengthening the Health Care Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 16, 2018

Newly introduced legislation, the Opioid Workforce Act of 2018, would strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis. The act incentivizes the training of physicians specialized in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and pain management. 

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Register through May 16 for HAP Leadership Summit—Includes CEO Panel on Health Care Transformation

May 15, 2018

HAP’s Annual Leadership Summit is scheduled for May 21–22 at the Hilton in Harrisburg.

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U.S. Senate Committee Considers Impact of 340B Program in Helping Hospitals Serve Their Communities in the Face of High Drug Prices

May 15, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a second hearing on the 340B Drug Pricing Program to examine its federal oversight and consider avenues to strengthen program integrity and promote transparency.

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PA Launches Campaign to Build Awareness and Enrollment for CHIP

May 15, 2018

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) launched CHIP Strong, a public awareness campaign reminding families that get health coverage for their children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The campaign’s federally funded television, radio, and social media messages highlight this high-quality health insurance, which includes dental and vision coverage.

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Americans Less Confident They Can Pay for Their Health Care

May 14, 2018

New findings from the Commonwealth Fund's Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tracking Survey show that Americans’ confidence in their ability to afford their health care continues to decline.

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President Trump Announces Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices

May 11, 2018

President Donald J. Trump released a blueprint to lower drug prices, identifying immediate actions and opportunities within federal payment programs. Those priorities include increasing competition, improving negotiation, incentivizing lower list prices, and lowering out-of-pocket costs.

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Lawmakers Look to Medicare Advantage Program to Test Health Care Innovation

May 11, 2018

A Congressional committee hearing focused on how the Medicare Advantage program can help improve quality and health outcomes.

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New Report Highlights Integrated Health Approach to Help Youth Impacted by Traumatic Events

May 10, 2018

A new report shows that nearly half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. An integrated health approach can help them cope and live healthier lives.

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