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June 17, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses ACA Challenge

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA), finding that states behind the case did not have legal ground to challenge the health care law.

June 03, 2021

New PHC4 Report Outlines Growing Financial Stress for PA Hospitals

In its financial analysis of general acute care hospitals for fiscal year (FY) 2020, Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) uncovered a significant drop in the statewide average of total margins (from 6.63% during FY 2019 to 3.93% during FY 2020), as well as the statewide average of operating margins (from 5.61% during FY 2019 to 3.73% during FY 2020).

June 02, 2021

PA Health Insurance Marketplace to Undergo Maintenance to Add ARPA Savings

Starting this evening, Pennsylvania’s health insurance marketplace, Pennie, will undergo scheduled maintenance to add savings from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into consumer accounts. Pennie officials estimate the Pennsylvanians will receive about $270 million in additional subsidies from the ARPA.

May 20, 2021

AHA Report Offers Solutions to Ensure Future of Rural Health

A report released this week from the American Hospital Association (AHA) offers solutions to ensure the future of the nation’s rural hospitals and puts a spotlight on Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Model as one promising approach to transform care.

May 18, 2021

CMS: Millions Forgo Care during Pandemic

A new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlines the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted care, with millions of patients on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) missing appointments for critical dental, behavioral health, and preventive services.

May 06, 2021

New Proposal Would Fund Innovative Programs to Bolster Post-pandemic Health Care

During a press conference today, lawmakers and members of the Pennsylvania hospital community unveiled the Health Care Heroes and Public Health Preparedness Act, a measure that would set aside $650 million of Pennsylvania’s share of the federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to support grants for the hospital community to restore the commonwealth’s health care workforce, strengthen public health infrastructures, and improve access to care—especially behavioral health care.