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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

Department of Health

Secretary Levine sent a letter to providers seeking to ensure that critical COVID-19 patient data on sexual orientation and gender identity is being collected at the point of care.

Department of Health – by the numbers

  • The number of Pennsylvanians newly diagnosed with COVID-19 remains higher than it was a week ago, as does the daily number of people who have passed away from the disease.
  • But the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, and the number on ventilators, continues to decline.  Yesterday, only six COVID-19 patients in the state were on ventilators.
  • The number of available hospital beds, ICU beds, and isolation rooms remains as it has been for the past several weeks.

Insurance Department

Yesterday, Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman announced that the Insurance Department has  submitted a notice  to the Pennsylvania Bulletin outlining guidance for insurers that encounter providers engaging in inappropriate billing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.  On June 12, DHS published a Medical Assistance Bulletin advising providers that they may not charge Medical Assistance beneficiaries for personal protective equipment used in connection with medical or dental services.  According to an Insurance Department press release, the notice is in response to reports that “providers, particularly dental providers, are charging patients outside of the insurer-provider contracts.”

Resources to Consult

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Main COVID-19 Page

COVID-19 Provider Resources

Press Releases

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Main COVID-19 Page

PA Health Alert Network

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Main COVID-19 Page

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