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COVID-19 Update: Monday, June 29

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 29. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf Governor Wolf issued a statement expressing support for mitigation efforts launched by Allegheny County in the wake of a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in that county. The governor announced that Lebanon County will move to the green reopening phase on July 3 – the last Pennsylvania county to do so. Department of Human Services DHS has updated its interim reopening guidance for personal care homes, assisted living residences, and private intermediate-care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis.  See a Wolf administration news release announcing the updated policies. Department of Health Secretary Levine has issued an … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19

COVID-19 Update: Friday, June 26

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26. Pennsylvania Update The Wolf Administration Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Levine signed amended green phase orders for 12 counties to move to the green phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. this morning, June 26.  The counties are Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Susquehanna.  Learn more from the Wolf administration’s news release on this change and see the governor’s amended order authorizing the change and the Secretary of Health’s amended executive order to the same effect. Department of Human Services As a result of increased federal matching funds from the COVID-19 response, DHS anticipates ending … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, June 24

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. Department of Human Services DHS has issued four CHIP policy clarifications:  They cover: billing guidance for alternative sites developed in response to the COVID-19 emergency; directions on how to bypass prior authorization requirements for CT scans of the chest for COVID-19 patients; guidance on how pharmacies may override early refill alerts for medications; and guidance for providers on accepting self-attestation on applications and renewals and enrolling children prior to initial premium payments during the COVID-19 emergency. DHS’s Office of Developmental Programs has posted an announcement that provides information about diagnoses and conditions associated with elevated risk for severe illness when an individual … Read More

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Coronavirus Update for Monday, June 22

Coronavirus update for Monday, June 22 as of 4:30 p.m. The following is the latest information from the state and federal government as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22. State Update PA House Republican Leadership Elections Following the retirement of House Speaker Mike Turzai earlier this month, the House met today and elected former Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (Lancaster County) as Speaker.  The House Republican caucus also elected as majority leader Kerry Benninghoff (Centre County), who previously was majority whip, and chose Donna Oberlander (Armstrong, Clarion, and Forest counties), previously chair of the caucus’s policy committee, as their new majority whip.  As of this writing, the role of policy committee chair is vacant. Department of Health The Department of … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Friday, June 19

Coronavirus update for Friday, June 19 as of 3:00 p.m. A Note About SNAP’s COVID-19 Updates Beginning the week of June 15, SNAP will prepare COVID-19 updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with additional updates as needed on subjects that are especially timely or important.  SNAP members and update subscribers will continue to receive their updates near the close of the business day and those updates will continue to be posted in this space the morning of the following business day. Pennsylvania Update The Wolf Administration On Thursday Governor Wolf issued a news release reminding Pennsylvanians that mask-wearing is required when entering any business in all counties in the state in both the yellow and green phases of reopening.  The … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Coronavirus update for Wednesday, June 17 as of 4:00 p.m. A Note About SNAP’s COVID-19 Updates Beginning the week of June 15, SNAP will prepare COVID-19 updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with additional updates as needed on subjects that are especially timely or important.  SNAP members and update subscribers will continue to receive their updates near the close of the business day and those updates will continue to be posted in this space the following morning. Pennsylvania Update The Courts The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed today to hear a lawsuit filed by Senate Republicans against  Governor Wolf seeking to enforce a resolution adopted by the General Assembly last week requiring the governor to end the COVID-19 disaster emergency proclamation … Read More

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Uncategorized

COVID-19 Update: Monday, June 15

Coronavirus update for Monday, June 15 as of 4:30 p.m. A Note About SNAP’s COVID-19 Updates Beginning the week of June 15, SNAP will prepare COVID-19 updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with additional updates as needed on subjects that are especially timely or important.  SNAP members and update subscribers will continue to receive their updates near the close of the business day and those updates will continue to be posted in this space the following morning. Pennsylvania Update The Wolf Administration Governor Wolf announced today that beginning Wednesday, June 17, nine more COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites will open in Walmart parking lots across the state, and another testing site has also been added in Venango County, which previously had … Read More

Posted in COVID-19, DSH hospitals

COVID-19 Update: June 12, 2020

Coronavirus update for Friday, June 12 as of 4:00 p.m. A Note About SNAP’s COVID-19 Updates Beginning the week of June 15, SNAP will prepare COVID-19 updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with additional updates as needed on subjects that are especially timely or important.  SNAP members and update subscribers will continue to receive their updates near the close of the business day and those updates will continue to be posted in this space the following morning. Pennsylvania Update The Wolf Administration Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Levine signed amended green phase orders for 12 counties to move to the green phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on June 12.  With these orders taking effect, there will be 46 … Read More

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SNAP Warns State About Use of COVID-19 Survey Data

On Thursday SNAP wrote to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller to point out challenges that arise in the potential use and interpretation of the data hospitals have reported to DHS in that agency’s survey of hospitals’ financial condition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the letter, SNAP cautioned against possibly inappropriate interpretations of some of this data and offered to work with DHS officials to address these concerns.  See SNAP’s letter here.

Posted in Coronavirus, COVID-19, Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania

COVID-19 Update: June 11, 2020

Coronavirus update for Thursday, June 11 as of 4:00 p.m. SNAP Advocacy SNAP wrote to Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller to point out challenges that arise in the potential use and interpretation of data hospitals have reported in DHS’s survey of hospitals’ financial condition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  SNAP cautioned against possibly erroneous interpretations of some of this data and offered to work with DHS officials to address these concerns.  See SNAP’s letter here. Department of Human Services DHS has published a report on its most recent stakeholder meeting.  Two passages in that report are of particular interest and relevance: CARES Funding Update Work continues to prepare for distribution of funds for providers from the … Read More

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