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COVID-19 Update: March 31, 2020

Coronavirus Update: March 31, 2020. COVID-19-related developments in Pennsylvania as of 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31.  To receive this daily update directly, sign up for our mailing list at info@pasafetynet.org. State Update Governor Wolf                                                                                                      Today, Governor Wolf announced that the President approved part of his request for a major disaster declaration to support state, county, and local responses to COVID-19.  Included in the approved requests are reimbursement of up to 75 percent of eligible expenses (staff overtime, supplies, equipment) related to COVID-19 response for all levels of state government and private non-profits that qualify and direct federal assistance for materials and supplies to state and local governments.  Staff from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will be contacting potential applicants in … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Federal Medicaid issues, Medicare

COVID-19 Update: March 30, 2020

COVID-19-related developments in Pennsylvania as of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30.  To receive this daily update directly, sign up for our mailing list at info@pasafetynet.org. State Update Governor Wolf On Saturday the governor requested a major disaster declarationfrom the President to provide additional support for state, county, and municipal governments, certain non-profits, and individuals who are struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the weekend Governor Wolf expanded his ‘Stay at Home’ order to include three more counties to mitigate the spread of the virus:  Beaver, Centre, and Washington counties.  Today, he added four more counties to the order:  Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Schuylkill counties and extended the order to April 30 for all 26 affected counties.  The governor’s amended order, … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health and COVID-19, Pennsylvania Medicaid COVID-19, Uncategorized

COVID-19 Update: March 27, 2020

The following is a summary of the major COVID-19-related developments in Pennsylvania as of 4:30 p.m. on March 27. Pennsylvania Updates Governor Wolf Today Governor Wolf expanded his ‘Stay at Home’ order to include nine more counties to mitigate the spread of the virus:  Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland, and York counties.  The governor’s amended order, the secretary of health’s amended order, and the stay at home guidance are available online.  The order takes effect for these nine counties tonight at 8:00 p.m. and will continue for all of the affected counties until April 6. Today Governor Wolf approved and signed several bills into law to provide emergency relief to schools (SB 751), unemployment compensation rules (HB … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health and COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health coronavirus, Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid coronavirus, Pennsylvania Medicaid COVID-19

COVID-19 Update: March 26, 2020

The following is a summary of the major COVID-19-related developments in Pennsylvania as of 5:00 on March 26. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf House Bill 1232, which includes up to $50 million to help with the state’s COVID-19 response, is now on Governor Wolf’s desk and he is expected to sign it tomorrow, when he also is expected to sign three other bills the legislature passed late yesterday: HB 68 – amends the rules of unemployment compensation during an emergency declaration such as easing work search requirements and extending the length of time that benefits are available. SB 422 – amends the election code to move the Pennsylvania primary election to June 2, 2020. SB 751 – amends the school code … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health and COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health coronavirus, Pennsylvania Medicaid COVID-19

COVID-19 Update: March 25, 2020

The following is a summary of the major COVID-19-related developments in Pennsylvania as of 5:15 on March 25. State Legislature Today the Senate passed House Bill 1232, as amended, which includes up to $50 million of additional funding to be made available for the state’s COVID-19 response efforts.  The legislation stipulates that funding shall only be used to buy medical equipment and supplies for health care entities to meet urgent patient and staff needs to address surge demand.  It also requires available federal funding and any funding made available through the governor’s disaster proclamation to be used before these funds.  The authority to transfer funds expires on September 30, 2020. Senate leadership noted that this is the first phase in … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health and COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health coronavirus, Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid coronavirus, Pennsylvania Medicaid COVID-19, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

COVID-19 Update: March 24, 2020

The following is a summary of the major COVID-19-related developments in Pennsylvania as of 4:45 today. For your convenience, copies of our daily updates are also posted to the SNAP Blog available here. State Updates The State Legislature The legislature continues to deliberate on a number of measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.  Among the issues being discussed between the administration and legislature are: Declaring a public health emergency and providing funding to respond to the crisis. Advancing telemedicine legislation. Amending the rules of unemployment compensation during an emergency declaration such as easing work search requirements and extending the length of time that benefits are available. Providing assistance to small businesses and non-profits through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Federal Medicaid issues, Pennsylvania Medicaid coronavirus, Pennsylvania Medicaid COVID-19

COVID-19 Update: March 23, 2020

The following is a summary of the major COVID-19-related developments in Pennsylvania as of March 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Legislature The governor and General Assembly agreed to postpone the Pennsylvania primary from April 28 until June 2.  We anticipate this agreement to be formalized within the coming week.  The House met to consider this issue today in non-voting session and are scheduled for voting session tomorrow.  The Senate remains at a twelve-hour call of the President Pro Tempore. Pennsylvania Administration Department of Health Daily Update Governor Wolf announced stay at home orders for residents in Philadelphia, Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Monroe counties, urging residents in those areas to shelter in place and only leave home for … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Federal Medicaid issues

SNAP to PA Delegation: Help Us Fight Coronavirus

Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals need help fighting COVID-19, the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania declared in a letter to members of the state’s congressional delegation. In addition to the resources sought by hospitals everywhere – equipment, supplies, funding for expanded capacity to accommodate patients suffering from COVID-19 – SNAP emphasized three specific types of assistance in its letter to the delegation: Help with cash flow.  As requested by the federal government and others, SNAP hospitals have limited or suspended elective surgery so they can focus their resources on COVID-19 patients.  This will create a cash-flow problem for them:  while they will be doing everything they can to care for their patients and will be expending considerable resources doing so, their revenue will … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals, Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania

COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

The following is a summary of the major COVID-19-related developments in Pennsylvania today as of 5:30 p.m. on March 20, 2020. Pennsylvania Administration Since yesterday, the Department of Human Services has issued the following four new guidance documents: Billing Guidance for Alternative Screening Sites Related to COVID-19 Virtual Drop Ins Mental Health Revised Due Dates for Case Mix Index (CMI) Reporting, Cost Report Submissions, and Nursing Facility Assessment Payment Plan Requests Interim Guidance on Visitation in Nursing Facilities During COVID-19 We notified you last night that the governor issued an order to close all “non-life-sustaining businesses.” Below please find two resources for additional information. Any business that would like to seek a waiver to the mandate to close can send … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Federal Medicaid issues, Pennsylvania Department of Health and COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health coronavirus, Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid coronavirus, Pennsylvania Medicaid COVID-19, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy, Uncategorized

COVID-19 Update: March 19, 2020

The following is a summary of the major COVID-19-related developments in Pennsylvania for March 19, 2020 as of 6:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Administration Governor’s Order Closing State Businesses Early in the evening, Governor Tom Wolf announced that he was ordering the immediate closing of what he called “non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania.”  See his news release on the order here, the order itself here, and a list of types of businesses and whether they are or are not “life-sustaining” here. Pennsylvania Department of State Licensure Exceptions and Fast Track The Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, in conjunction with Governor Wolf, issued a press release announcing that the governor had granted the department’s request for a suspension to … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Federal Medicaid issues, Pennsylvania Department of Health and COVID-19, Pennsylvania Department of Health coronavirus, Pennsylvania Medicaid, Pennsylvania Medicaid coronavirus, Pennsylvania Medicaid COVID-19
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