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HAPAC and HAPAC-Federal are the political action committees of HAP. Participation in HAPAC helps HAP communicate to lawmakers the vital role that health care facilities and their employees play in their communities every day. Learn more

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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)


During June 2018, the state legislature passed the 2018–2019 fiscal year budget. 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. The budget also increases the MA Supplemental payments for critical access hospitals by $3.4 million to address increased Medicaid losses in these facilities.

The Governor’s budget also includes assumptions related to the reauthorization of the statewide hospital Quality Care Assessment (QCA). Through a unified advocacy effort, the hospital community and HAP were able to limit the increase in the amount of the QCA allocated to the general fund to $75 million in each of the next three years and an additional $80 million in the fourth and fifth years of the plan.

The original plan included an annual increase to the state contribution of $130 million, which was an unsustainable amount. While the $75 million increase is a higher amount than hospitals were hoping for, it was necessary to secure changes that protect QCA funds for hospitals going forward so they can continue to provide high quality patient care.

HAP will continue working to find long-term solutions to achieve an adequately funded Medicaid program.

Related News

February 11, 2019

House State Budget Hearings Begin with Independent Fiscal Office

Today, the state House Appropriations Committee began its series of Pennsylvania state budget hearings, with testimonies from the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO), Department of Revenue, and Department of Aging.


February 05, 2019

Governor Wolf’s Budget Proposal Protects Hospital Supplementals and Tobacco Funds and Spotlights Workforce Development


January 15, 2019

Governor Wolf Sworn in to Second Term with New Lieutenant Governor Fetterman

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) was sworn in for his second term as the commonwealth’s top executive and John Fetterman (D) was installed as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.


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Related Blogs

June 29, 2018

Why Advocacy Is Not Just for “Advocates:” Five Reasons to Join Healthy Me PA


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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