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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


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


On June 30, the state constitutional deadline for a budget, the legislature sent Governor Wolf a $32 billion spending plan to fund the 2017–18 fiscal year.  On July 10, the deadline for the Governor to accept or veto the spending plan, he allowed the budget to become law without his signature absent a revenue package.

For Pennsylvania’s hospital community, Harrisburg recognized the important partnership between government and hospital facilities for the care and services they provide in addition to job creation and economic contributions.  The 2017–18 spending plan did not reduce supplemental Medical Assistance payments for hospital obstetric and neonatal, burn, and trauma services and also kept funding for critical access hospitals level.

However, the current situation still leaves Harrisburg lawmakers trying to find ways to fund the approved spending plan and fix a roughly $2 billion budget deficit from last fiscal year. Absent any broad-based tax increases or other significant new revenue, Harrisburg lawmakers are forced to consider one-time funding options and other creative ways to fill in the gaps. This includes borrowing against the Tobacco Settlement Fund.

HAP will remain vigilant in ensuring that Pennsylvania’s hospital community is heard as funding sources are being considered and deliberated. Pennsylvania’s hospital community is a core government function and valuable partnership benefiting the entire commonwealth.

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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