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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)


On June 30, the state constitutional deadline for a budget, the legislature sent Governor Wolf a $32 billion spending plan to fund the 2017–2018 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 2017–2018 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

February 20, 2018

Department of Revenue, Independent Fiscal Office among Agencies Heard by General Assembly on First Day of Budget Hearings

The Pennsylvania Senate and House Appropriations Committees held their first day of budget hearings to review Governor Wolf’s proposed 2018–2019 state budget. 


February 07, 2018

New Data Reveals More Rural Hospitals Losing Money

During the National Rural Health Association’s 2018 rural health policy institute, new data was presented that reveals that the number of rural hospitals losing money grew to 44 percent over the last year.


February 06, 2018

Governor Wolf’s 2018–2019 Budget Sustains Hospital Funding, Work on Reauthorization of Hospital Quality Care Assessment to Begin

Today, Governor Wolf introduced his proposed state spending plan for the 2018–2019 fiscal year. The budget maintains 2017–2018 funding levels for hospital payments, while at the same time proposing to significantly increase the contribution to the general fund from the statewide hospital Quality Care Assessment.


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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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