Governor Tom Wolf’s fiscal year 2019–2020 state budget calls for $34.1 billion in general fund spending. The budget plan addresses three hospital priorities:
- Maintains funding levels for Medical Assistance supplemental payments for critical access hospitals, obstetrics/neonatal units, burn care centers, and trauma centers
- Preserves Tobacco Settlement Fund monies used for hospital uncompensated care and extraordinary care expenses to help cover costs for services to under- and uninsured patients
- Upholds the five-year Quality Care Assessment funding agreement which benefits hospitals and the general fund
This state budget cycle, HAP will work with members of the hospital community, the General Assembly, and the Governor’s Office to ensure the hospital voice is heard while policymakers are determining priorities for state dollars.