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New Report on the Health of Children in PA

The health of children in Pennsylvania is the subject of a new report published by the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children. The report, “The 2020 State of Children’s Health Care in Pennsylvania:  Unlocking Access to a Healthy Childhood,” includes the following major findings: Pennsylvania has the 8th highest number of uninsured kids in the nation, with nearly 128,000 children who do not have health Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate for children increased slightly from 4.4% to 4.6%, signaling movement in the wrong direction. The most recent uninsured data from the S. Census Bureau was captured prior to the current COVID-19 pandemic, meaning more Pennsylvania kids headed into the public health emergency without basic health coverage. Factors such as age, poverty level, race and … Read More

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Number of Uninsured Children Grows in PA

The number of uninsured children in Pennsylvania grew, but just slightly, between 2016 and 2019. That’s according to a new study from the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. According to the study, the uninsured rate among children in Pennsylvania rose from 4.4 percent in 2016 to 4.6 percent in 2019 while the number of uninsured children rose from 126,000 to 128,000 during that same period of time. Learn more about the changes in Pennsylvania, national trends, and why these numbers have grown in the Georgetown study “Children’s Uninsured Rate Rises by Largest Annual Jump in More Than a Decade.”

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Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Rising in Pandemic

Medicaid enrollment rose 6.2 percent and CHIP enrollment 0.5 percent during the first four months of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports. The enrollment increase can be traced to rising unemployment, with many people losing their employer-sponsored health insurance.  The new figures cover five months, from February through June, the latter four of which marked the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals already serve significant numbers of Medicaid and CHIP patients; an increase in their rolls will prove financially challenging to them. The information comes from CMS’s first monthly “Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Trends Snapshot.”  Go here for CMS’s news release explaining its new initiative and here to see the trends … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Friday, September 11

The following is the latest coronavirus information from the state and federal governments as of 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11. Pennsylvania State Government Department of State The Department of State has suspended the initial medical history and physical examination required for prescribing buprenorphine via telemedicine to treat opioid use disorder for the duration of the COVID-19 disaster declaration. Department of Health The Department of Health has revised its health alert Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Known or Patients Under Investigation for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Healthcare Setting to add information on extended-use eye protection and to update language regarding the use of respirators. The Department of Health has clarified that it does not … 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

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COVID-19 Update: June 4, 2020

Coronavirus update for Thursday, June 4 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update SNAP Advocacy Today SNAP wrote to Pennsylvania senators Robert Casey and Pat Toomey to ask them to pursue legislation with five major COVID-19-related policy initiatives that Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals need: A 14-point increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP). An additional $100 billion for hospitals. Another delay in implementation of Affordable Care Act-mandated cuts in Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allotments. Prevention of implementation of the Medicare fiscal accountability regulation (MFAR). Reduced interest rates and a longer payback period for Medicare payments advanced to hospitals through the CARES Act’s Accelerated and Advance Payment Program. See SNAP’s letter here. Governor Wolf Governor Wolf announced that the Office of … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 1, 2020

COVID-19 update for Friday, May 1 as of 4:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Reopening Pennsylvania Governor Wolf on Friday announced the reopening of 24 Pennsylvania counties in the northwestern and north-central parts of the state, moving them from red to yellow in his three-color plan for reopening the state.  The governor outlined the criteria used to reach these decisions and the provisions for contact tracing and additional testing that make reopening possible.  The reopening calls for reduced use but not elimination of social distancing and includes guidance on work, congregate, and social activities that are now permitted as well as those that remain restricted or prohibited.  On Monday the administration will release guidance for businesses permitted to reopen in the selected … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 14, 2020

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania state regulators, the Pennsylvania legislature, and federal regulators and others as of 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf Governor Wolf today announced that businesses that collect Pennsylvania sales tax will not have to make accelerated sales tax pre-payments over the next three months.  That means businesses that normally have a monthly prepayment requirement will not be charged penalties for missing the prepayment deadline during this three-month period. Daily COVID-19 Briefing For the fourth time in the last five days, the number of newly reported cases fell. Today’s total was the lowest in nearly two weeks. But the death count was the third highest single-day total since the pandemic began. … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 10, 2020

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania state and federal regulators as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf/Financial Assistance for Hospitals During today’s daily COVID-19 briefing, Governor Wolf spoke of the financial challenges the state’s hospitals currently face and announced that he is creating a Hospital Emergency Loan Program that will offer $450 million in low-interest loans to hospitals to help them fully mobilize in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  The governor’s news release announcing the program explains that Pennsylvania health care facilities licensed as hospitals by the Pennsylvania Department of Health under the Health Care Facilities Act of 1979 that are eligible to receive federal grant funding through the CARES Act are … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: April 3, 2020

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania state and federal regulators and others as of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3. Pennsylvania Update The Governor Wolf/Department of Health Daily Briefing Governor Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear masks outside the home. He elaborates on this recommendation in a news release. The Department of Health offers guidance on homemade masks on its web site. The number of new COVID-19 cases rose 16 percent over yesterday’s total of new cases. 63 Pennsylvania counties now have at least one case, as do 12 percent of the state’s nursing homes. State-wide deaths have climbed past 100. 78 percent of hospitalized patients have been 50 years of age or older and 50 percent … Read More

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