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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)


Each year when the state budget is introduced, HAP analyzes the proposed blueprint. The association looks for any hospital-related budget line items that have been reduced or cut out, and advocates for restoration of those dollars. HAP also works to secure commitments for new hospital initiatives if necessary. State budget advocacy involves working closely with state lawmakers, especially leaders and key committee chairs, as well as the Governor’s office and cabinet officials. HAP also engages its members to educate officials about the proposed budget’s impact on hospital and their patients and communities.

2019–2020 State Budget

Governor Tom Wolf’s 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

2019 State Budget Advocacy Efforts

HAP has learned that $64 million in Tobacco Settlement Fund (TSF) monies that go to hospitals are in jeopardy. Nearly every hospital in the commonwealth receives uncompensated care, extraordinary expense payments, or CURE money for research from the TSF. HAP has launched a grassroots call-to-action advocacy campaign to all member hospital and health system employees seeking to prevent monies from the TSF from being used for non-health care-related priorities. 

Please send a short email to your state representative and senator asking him or her to use all the Pennsylvania TSF for health care this year and not for debt service payments or any other purpose.

Related News

June 18, 2019

Pennsylvania Health Care Providers Join Forces to Emphasize Importance of Medicaid

Leaders from organizations representing Pennsylvania health care providers reinforced the importance of Medicaid during meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  


June 11, 2019

Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Settlement Money Remains at Risk; Act Now

As efforts to pass a state budget by the June 30 deadline heat up, some lawmakers still want to use money from the Pennsylvania Tobacco Settlement Fund to pay state debt payments. Email your lawmaker now, telling them that all Tobacco Settlement Money should continue to support health care.


June 11, 2019

Opinion: In PA, health won out over big tobacco, but it could lose in this year’s budget.

In this opinion column, HAP President and CEO Andy Carter addresses the importance of preserving Tobacco Settlement Fund resources for health care.


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