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SNAP Joins Others in Letter to PA Senators

SNAP was among 27 Pennsylvania health care organizations to send a joint letter to senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey pointing out aspects of the House-passed American Health Care Act that could jeopardize access to care for medically vulnerable Pennsylvanians. Among the issues addressed in the letter are how the House-passed proposal would detract from the role of Medicaid in fighting the state’s opioid crisis; the proposed reduction in tax credits to help purchase health insurance; the challenge posed by a per capita approach to Medicaid financing; the potential loss of health care jobs; the likelihood of large numbers of Pennsylvanians losing their health insurance and state Medicaid costs rising significantly; and the erosion of consumer protections. See the complete … Read More

Posted in American Health Care Act, Federal Medicaid issues, Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals, Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its May newsletter.  Included in this edition are articles on new criteria for Medicaid coverage of high-cost hepatitis C drugs and the release of a draft of the state’s proposed Medicaid quality strategy; an update on Community HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s new program of Medicaid managed long-term services and supports; an overview of Medicaid-covered behavioral health services; a summary of recent federal proposals with implications for the state’s Medicaid program; and a report on the nomination of Teresa Miller to lead the new Department of Health and Human Services that Governor Wolf has proposed establishing.  Find the newsletter here.

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid laws and regulations, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its March 2017 newsletter. Included in this edition are stories about: new starting dates for the beginning of new HealthChoices physical health contracts an update on Community HealthChoices, the state’s planned program of managed long-term services and supports for those who qualify for nursing home care but wish to continue living independently in the community the launch of the state’s ABLE Savings Program through which children and adults with significant disabilities can open special state-sponsored investment accounts the introduction of a new assessment tool for people in need of substance disorder treatment Find the latest edition of PA Health Law News here.

Posted in HealthChoices, Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Medicaid Directors Look at Value-Based Purchasing

One of the tools many states are using to attempt to reduce their Medicaid costs and improve the quality of the care delivered to their Medicaid beneficiaries is value-based purchasing. In a new issue brief, the National Association of Medicaid Directors takes a closer look at Medicaid value-based purchasing:  what it is, how it works, why it is attractive to state Medicaid programs, what alternative payment models the states are employing as part of their value-based purchasing efforts, and what state Medicaid programs need from the federal government to continue such efforts. Pennsylvania is in the process of introducing more value-based purchasing into its Medicaid program, doing so through new contracts currently being negotiated with the managed care organizations recently … Read More

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Governor Proposes FY 2018 Budget

On Tuesday Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his proposed FY 2018 budget to the state’s General Assembly. This budget proposal includes a number of provisions with potential implications for Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals. The Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania has prepared a detailed review of those provisions. Officials of safety-net hospitals who would like to receive a copy of this memo may request one by using the “contact us” link on the upper right-hand corner of this screen. Find a news release from the governor’s office that outlines the proposed budget here and go here (scroll to the bottom of the screen) for links to budget overviews, the entire budget itself, the Wolf administration’s presentation on its plan to consolidate Pennsylvania’s Department of … Read More

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy, Pennsylvania Medical Assistance, Pennsylvania proposed FY 2018 budget

Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its January 2017 newsletter. Included in this edition are stories about: impending changes in the lineup of managed care providers that serve Medicaid participants in the state’s HealthChoices program for physical health services; the status of the state’s implementation of its Community HealthChoices program of managed long-term services and supports for low-income, elderly Pennsylvanians who seek to continue living independently in the community; the potential impact of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act on Pennsylvanians; and Pennsylvania’s receipt of a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic demonstration grant from the federal government to improve services and care coordination for individuals on Medicaid or CHIP. Go here for the latest edition of PA Health … Read More

Posted in Affordable Care Act, HealthChoices PA, Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

PA Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its November-December 2016 newsletter. Included in this edition are stories about a new effort to enroll children in the state’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, the new fees for Medicare Part A and Part B for 2017, a delay in the implementation of the state’s proposed Community HealthChoices program of managed long-term services and supports, and more. Go here for the latest edition of PA Health Law News.

Posted in Medicare, Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

PA Chosen for Behavioral Health Services Demo

Pennsylvania will be one of eight states to participate in a new federal two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic demonstration program. According to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the program is …designed to improve behavioral health services in their communities. This demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access to high quality care for people with mental and substance use disorders. A federal spokesperson explained that The demonstration program will improve access to behavioral health services for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries, and will help individuals with mental and substance use disorders obtain the health care they need to maintain their … Read More

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid, Uncategorized

PA Improves Access to Contraceptives

Citing the challenges and risks associated with unplanned pregnancies that occur within two years of a delivery, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program is making long-acting contraceptives more readily available to program participants. Beginning on December 1, Medicaid will pay for long-acting contraceptives administered after delivery and also will increase payments to doctors who provide those contraceptives. Currently, those costs are generally borne by hospitals in the lump-sum payment Medicaid makes for deliveries. Learn more about the state’s new policy for encouraging the use of contraceptives among Medicaid beneficiaries who have delivered babies in this Lancaster Online article.

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Profile of Nominee to Head CMS

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Seema Verma, a health care consultant, to serve as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That agency runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In this capacity she would have enormous influence on the development of new Medicare and Medicaid initiatives, including many proposals for change from the incoming administration and Congress – all matters of vital concern to Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals. Go here to see a Kaiser Health News profile of Ms. Verma and learn more about her past work, especially on Medicaid issues.

Posted in Medicare, Pennsylvania Medicaid
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