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HAP Testimony
On Pennsylvania hospitals’ Ebola preparedness (Oct 2014)

HAP Testimony
Comments regarding the commonwealth’s Hospital Preparedness Partnership Program (Jun 2017)

In early February, Governor Wolf introduced his proposed state spending plan for the 2018–2019 fiscal year. The budget maintains 2017–2018 funding levels for hospital payments, including the Medical Assistance (MA) Supplemental payments for critical access hospitals, obstetrics/neonatal payments, hospital burn centers, and trauma centers.

HAP is seeking an increase to the MA Supplemental payments for critical access hospitals to address increased Medicaid losses in these facilities.

In addition to the specific line item appropriations found in the state’s General Fund, the Governor’s budget also includes assumptions related to the reauthorization of the statewide hospital Quality Care Assessment (QCA).

Since 2010, Pennsylvania hospitals have been taxed in order to generate additional state revenue and to increase funds available for hospital Medicaid payments. The Governor’s budget seeks to increase the commonwealth’s share from the Hospital QCA from $220 million to $350 million––an approximately 60 percent increase ($130 million) over the current year amount. Pennsylvania hospitals oppose this unsustainable increase.

Related News

May 08, 2018

News Release: PHC4 Report Underscores Need for Financially Strong Hospital Community

News Release:  The latest analysis from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) underscores the need for the hospital community to remain financially strong.

April 23, 2018

Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

April 18, 2018

CEO of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Talks to State Lawmakers about Important Health Care Priorities

“The role of safety net providers in meeting the health care needs of rural underserved populations” was the topic at the 2018 Rural Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing at the Capitol this morning. The bi-cameral, bi-partisan briefing was hosted by Senator Lisa Baker, Majority Chairperson of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee; Representative Kathy Rapp, Majority Chairperson of the Health Committee; and Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.

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Related Blogs

January 14, 2016

Do Rural Residents Deserve Less Access Than Their Urban Counterparts?

May 14, 2015

Jobs That Pay Off in More Ways Than One

Unemployment, poverty, and low wages jeopardize Pennsylvania’s health as well as its economy. The many good jobs provided by Pennsylvania hospitals address these challenges in more ways than you might think.

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