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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

October 11, 2019

Pennsylvania Featured in New Report about States Moving from Federal- to State-based Health Care Marketplaces

Pennsylvania is one of six states examined in an Urban Institute report examining an increasing trend among states: a shift from federal- to state-based health care marketplaces.


October 10, 2019

HAP and Hospitals Join Forces to Pass Bills that Protect Health Care Workers; You Can Help––Text Healthy Me to 52886

Two legislative plans that could be passed by the state legislature this fall would make Pennsylvania health care workers safer.


October 09, 2019

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week––State Agency Highlights that Hospital Stays for Treatment Exceeded One Million Days during 2018

Since 1990, the first full week of October has been dedicated as Mental Illness Awareness Week. A new research brief highlights the number of hospital stays for behavioral health treatment, as HAP advocates for expanded access to care.


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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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