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Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its April 2017 newsletter. Included in this edition are articles about: the budget bill passed by the state House and its potential impact on Medicaid in Pennsylvania; the potential impact on Medicaid of the American Health Care Act under consideration by Congress; an update on Community HealthChoices, the state’s new program of managed long-term services and supports for seniors struggling to continue living in the community; information on the income verification process for those seeking to apply for or renew Medicaid eligibility; and the process of shifting prescriptions from Medicaid to Medicare. Find the latest edition of PA Health Law News here.

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Department Consolidation in PA?

Is it a good idea to consolidate Pennsylvania’s Human Services, Aging, Health, and Drug and Alcohol Programs departments into a single new Department of Health and Human Services? Governor Tom Wolf offered such a proposal in his FY 2018 budget message and the Pennsylvania General Assembly is now weighing the merits of this proposal. To explain more about its intentions and plans, the Wolf administration has established a web page that explains the proposed consolidation, which it refers to as “unification.”  Included on the web page are a general description of the proposal, explanations of the benefits the administration believes it offers, a proposed organizational table for the new Department of Health and Human Services, and a link to proposed … Read More

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Pennsylvania Health Law Project Newsletter

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its February 2017 newsletter. Included in this edition are stories about: the potential implications of turning Medicaid into a block grant program the governor’s proposed FY 2018 budget a new federal requirement that hospitals must inform Medicare patients if they are designated as hospitalized under “observation status” counseling services available through PA LINKs Find the latest edition of PA Health Law News here.

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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

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