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  Number of uninsured adults rises in U.S. Oct. 20, 2017
The uninsured rate among adults in the United States is rising as premiums increase and Congress battles over health care. The Associated Press reports nearly 3.5 million fewer adults are insured so far this year, a jump of 1.4 percentage points. Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) enrollment begins Nov. 1.
  PAFP supports POLST legislation Oct. 19, 2017
The PAFP supports newly introduced legislation to codify Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) across all health care settings. Senate Bill (SB) 623 and House Bill (HB) 1196 would authorize a POLST form by law, as a medical order, that may be used to designate a patient's end-of-life wishes.
  Most Pennsylvanians have private insurance Oct. 18, 2017
The majority of Pennsylvanians have private health insurance coverage, according to an insurance trade association. America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) reports 60 percent of Pennsylvanians are covered by private insurance; an additional 34 percent are covered by Medicare or Medicaid, with 6 percent uninsured.
  Health care denials are increasing Oct. 16, 2017
Americans are increasingly being denied treatments because of techniques like prior authorization which limits a patient's options. The Detroit Times reports insurance companies have increased their use of certain methods that are designed to save money but can sometimes result in negative health care outcomes.
  Featured: Big changes this year for back-to-school vaccines 
This year, the grace period for students entering kindergarten to get vaccines or prove they're scheduled to receive them has been shortened from eight months to five days, reports PennLive. A second meningococcal shot must also be administered. Visit the Pa. Department of Health for full information!



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