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HAP Testimony
On Pennsylvania hospitals’ Ebola preparedness


HAP Testimony
Comments regarding the Commonwealth’s Hospital Preparedness Partnership Program


On February 7, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf addressed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate to outline his budget proposal for the 2017–2018 fiscal year. Beginning the week of February 20, the legislature will begin appropriation committee hearings with state agencies to vet the Governor’s budget proposal and to develop their own budget proposals.

Specific to Pennsylvania hospitals, the proposed 2017–2018 budget maintains funding levels for hospital payments, including the Medical Assistance Supplemental payments for critical access hospitals, obstetrics/neonatal units, hospital burn centers, and trauma centers. The budget also includes general fund savings from the consolidation of four agencies into a new Department of Health and Human Services: Department of Human Service, Department of Health, Department of Aging, and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Finally, the budget includes $25 million of federal funding for the Rural Health Global Budget initiative.

The Governor continues to focus on the opioid crisis and allocates $39.9 million in new state and federal funding.

Generally, Governor Wolf proposed a $32.3 billion budget with $2.1 billion identified cost savings in addition to $1 billion in new taxes.

Policymakers will immediately face major policy decisions. Potential changes in the ACA still create a high level of uncertainty for states and stakeholders around funding and payment structures throughout the continuum of care.

However, operating within the confines of the state budget and looking forward to the 2017–2018 fiscal year budget negotiations, HAP will continue to build on the strong legislative support that hospitals received in 2016–2017 budget. HAP is asking state policy makers to maintain current year funding levels proposed in the Governor’s 2017–2018 budget for all hospital payments, including Medical Assistance supplemental funding for obstetric and neonatal services, hospital-based burn centers, and trauma centers and necessary funding for critical access hospitals.

Related News

June 15, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Critical Access Hospitals are Key to Rural Health Care

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly continues its work on the 2017–2018 state budget, it is clear that the commonwealth faces a projected revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year of $1.2 billion and a growing structural deficit for next year. This places some important supplemental hospital payments at risk for reduction, including payments that support critical access hospitals.


June 14, 2017

HAP Highlights Hospital Emergency Preparedness Partnership during Senate Informational Hearing

Today, HAP’s Tom Grace, vice president, emergency preparedness, provided lawmakers with an update about the important emergency preparedness work underway as a part of the commonwealth’s Hospital Preparedness Partnership Program between the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and HAP.


June 12, 2017

The Importance of Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania General Assembly returned this week to continue work on the 2017–2018 state budget. The commonwealth faces a projected revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year of $1.2 billion and a growing structural deficit for next year, placing some supplemental hospital payments at risk for reduction, including payments that support life-saving trauma care.


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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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