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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.

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November 14, 2017

Senate Committee Considers House Health-Related Legislation

This week, the Pennsylvania Senate returned to session after briefly breaking following the final passage of state budget legislation. Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee resumed business by considering three different legislative proposals.


November 14, 2017

Pennsylvania Awarded Federal Grant to Support Evidence-Based Home Visit Programs

Governor Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services received a federal grant of $11.7 million in support of a state program that benefits Pennsylvania’s families.


November 03, 2017

2.9 Million Pennsylvanians Insured through Medicaid and CHIP; New Data from CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a preliminary August 2017 report and supporting data on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment stats earlier this week.


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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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