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HAP Memo 15-16
State budget update (Jun 2015)


HAP Memo 15-07
HAP state budget analysis confirms several threats to hospital payments (Mar 2015)


HAP Memo 15-04
State budget release (Mar 2015)


Fact Sheet
On PA hospital community benefit during 2013


Fact Sheet
On the economic impact of PA hospitals during 2014


Fact Sheet
About supplemental Medicaid payments in Pennsylvania


Fact Sheet
Facts about Pennsylvania's critical access hospitals


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In Critical Condition: The Fragile State of Critical Access Hospitals


Testimony for Rural Health Briefing
On challenges of rural health care delivery (May 2015)


Message Points
On hospital budget priorities (Jun 2015)


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Legislature Passes Budget that Invests in Health Care; Governor Wolf Vetoes the Spending Plan

During June, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed House Bill 1192, an alternative to what Governor Wolf introduced during his March budget address.

Although the Governor subsequently vetoed HB 1192, Pennsylvania hospitals continue to support the health care funding contained in the legislative budget bill because it:

  • Rejects the Governor’s bid to increase the contribution of $130 million from the statewide hospital Quality Care Assessment to the General Fund—legislative leaders have indicated that they will reduce by roughly half, the additional contribution to the General Fund from the statewide hospital Quality Care Assessment
  • Restores funding for the obstetrics/neonatal intensive care and advanced burn care
  • Increases funding for the critical access hospitals which are most often Pennsylvania’s most remote health care providers

In addition, while they were working to pass HB 1192, legislative leaders and key staff in both Majority Caucuses demonstrated their willingness to work with HAP on necessary changes to the Public Welfare Code to allow for improved hospital payments, especially for payments related to outpatient and observation services.

HAP will continue to work with legislative leaders and the Administration on a final budget agreement that:

  • Provides patients with access to the health care services they need
  • Safeguards the financial stability of hospitals

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July 24, 2015

Pennsylvania Hospitals Created 1,300 More Jobs during June

Pennsylvania hospitals have long been an economic engine for the commonwealth. Last month, they added 1,300 jobs to their payrolls for total direct employment of 270,900 jobs.


July 01, 2015

PA Budget Office Issues Guidance Regarding Payments during Budget Impasse

Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf issued a letter to stakeholders describing the steps the state would be taking should there not be an approved budget for fiscal year 2015–2016.


July 01, 2015

Senate Passes Budget That Invests in Health Care; Governor Wolf Vetoes the Spending Plan

As expected, yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate approved House Bill 1192, a Republican driven budget plan for 2015–2016 that would provide essential funding for Pennsylvania hospitals. Also as expected, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the bill.


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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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