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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


Infographic
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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Proposed State Budget Eliminates Important Hospital Funding

Governor Tom Wolf introduced his 2015–2016 proposed state budget which calls for $29.9 billion in general fund spending—with 22.8 percent of state spending targeted for Medical Assistance health care and long-term living services.

The proposed budget cuts direct supplemental payments to hospitals for burn centers, obstetrical/neonatal units, and rural critical access hospitals—a loss of $36.5 million in total funds.

There are six accredited burn centers that rely on these additional payments in order to handle complex, high-cost cases, many from other parts of the commonwealth and other states.

Each year, more than 138,000 babies are born in Pennsylvania. Medical Assistance funds nearly half of all births.

Thirteen critical access hospitals provide essential medical care to rural communities. These hospitals are in fragile financial condition, as most patients are covered by public payers like Medicaid and Medicare that historically underpay.

HAP will be seeking to restore this vitally needed funding for hospitals and prevent any further reductions as the General Assembly and the Administration address the revenue package.

Related News

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.


June 30, 2015

HAP Commends House and Senate Republicans for Supporting PA Hospitals, Future of Health Care Delivery

News Release: Following the passage of the state budget by both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, HAP President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Carter issued the following statement.


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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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