Archive for February 2021

PA Publishes State Health Assessment

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has published its 2020 state health assessment. The document, The State of Our Health:  A Statewide Health Assessment of Pennsylvania, generally describes the health status of Pennsylvanians today, addresses current health care challenges the state faces, and identifies areas for improvement. Cast in an overarching framework of health equity and social determinants of health, the assessment is built around eight themes: access to care environmental health mental health maternal and infant health substance use injury and violence prevention chronic diseases infectious diseases and immunizations Learn more from the report The State of Our Health:  A Statewide Health Assessment of Pennsylvania.

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COVID-19 Update: Monday, February 22

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal and state government as of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 22. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf Governor Wolf has renewed his declaration of a state of emergency in Pennsylvania because of COVID-19.  See the announcement of the renewal and the renewal declaration itself, which covers a period of 90 days. Department of Health – by the numbers The number of new daily cases continues to decline In the past week the number of COVID-19 deaths has fallen significantly. More than 24,000 health care workers in Pennsylvania have contracted COVID-19, as have nearly 79,000 residents and employees of long-term-care facilities across the state.  The continual increase in these numbers since the start … Read More

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Medicaid Enrollment Rises in PA

Medicaid enrollment among adults in Pennsylvania was up 13 percent in December over the previous December and up 14 percent in January over the previous January for adults, children, pregnant women, the elderly, and disabled individuals. The increase has been driven by rising COVID-19 pandemic-related unemployment that has cost many people their health insurance along with their jobs. Learn more about the rising numbers – and the people behind them – in the Philadelphia Inquirer story “Medicaid enrollment soars as Americans lose jobs to pandemic: ‘I never thought I’d experience this.’”

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, February 17

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state government as of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17. Department of Health The Department of Health announced that some vaccine providers have inadvertently been administering second-dose Moderna vaccines as first doses.  As a result, the requests the state has received for second-dose Moderna vaccines this week significantly exceeded the state’s allocation; 200,000 such Moderna second doses were requested.  To address this issue and ensure that patients receive a second dose within the time frame recommended by CDC guidelines (minimum of 21 to 28 days and maximum of 42 days), the Department of Health is adjusting the timing of the second dose.  In addition, it will decrease first-dose allocations to meet … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Thursday, February 11

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state and federal governments as of 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 11. Pennsylvania Update The Wolf Administration Governor Wolf has created a COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force with administration representatives and “…members from each legislative caucus who can share vaccine information and communicate issues and solutions expediently on behalf of and to the broader General Assembly.”  According to a news release from the governor’s office, “Task force members will represent their caucus’s point-of-view and work to streamline conversations to focus and drive issues of importance.  Wolf Administration members will serve as task force members with the subject matter expertise to listen, collaborate and provide information, answers and suggestions to solve problems … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Monday, February 9

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 4:30 P.M. on Monday, February 8, 2021. Department of Health The Department of Health has issued a health advisory with updates on the current COVID-19 variants and public health measures to take when a variant case is suspected or identified. The Department of Health has published an update on COVID-19 vaccinations in Pennsylvania. The Department of Health has published a summary of its contact tracing activity during the last week of January. Last April the state legislature passed a COVID-19 bill that included a provision permitting direct support professionals who support individuals with intellectual disabilities/autism to accompany those individuals when they are hospitalized.   On one of its … Read More

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SNAP Asks PA Delegation for Help From COVID-19 Relief Bill

The next federal COVID-19 relief bill should include more resources for the Provider Relief Fund, SNAP has told members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation. The bill also should include additional targeted funding for safety-net hospitals, help with staffing, an extension of the current moratorium on the Medicare sequestration, and forgiveness for safety-net hospitals for loans they received under the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program. This was the message the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania conveyed last week in a letter to members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation.  See that letter here.

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COVID-19 Update: Thursday, February 4

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state government as of 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania The state has posted a guide to getting a COVID-19 vaccine.  The guide describes the vaccine phases and tells readers how to check on their eligibility, find a vaccine provider, and schedule an appointment. Department of Health – news briefing The Department of Health gave a news briefing on the state’s COVID-19 efforts on Wednesday, February 3.  It was conducted by Lindsey Mauldin, a department senior advisor. The Biden administration announced this week that it will be distributing vaccines to 60 Rite Aid and 100 TopCo pharmacies in Pennsylvania.  This is part of a new federal distribution.  … Read More

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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission met for two days last week in Washington, D.C. The following is MACPAC’s own summary of the sessions. MACPAC kicked off its January meeting with a review of a draft chapter for the March 2021 report to Congress and recommendations on a mandatory extension of Medicaid coverage for 12 months postpartum. The Commission received extensive public comment on the recommendations. On Friday, the Commission approved three recommendations as drafted related to postpartum coverage. The Commission recommended that Congress should: extend the postpartum coverage period for individuals who were eligible and enrolled in Medicaid while pregnant to a full year of coverage, regardless of changes in income. Services provided to individuals during the … Read More

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