A century ago—during another worldwide pandemic—Pennsylvania’s hospitals came together to form what later would become The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). As the world endures another sweeping virus that has upended every facet of life, the value of the hospital community’s association is drawn into sharper focus.
During 2020, hospitals across the commonwealth shaped their preparations for—and response to—the COVID-19 pandemic with professionalism and agility, and with HAP proudly by their sides. HAP kept its finger on the pulse of an ever-evolving situation, providing logistics support, producing real-time updates and education about new information and guidance, and positioning hospital voices front and center in communications and advocacy outreach.
Throughout the year, HAP reinforced the hospital community’s political influence to ensure that member issues and needs remained top of mind for government decision-makers. Despite deep financial strain in governments at all levels, HAP strongly advocated for supports resulting in a total of close to $8 billion in loans, financial supports, and resources to bolster hospitals’ pandemic response.
Nearly $2.8 billion through the Federal Provider Relief Fund
$4 billion in Medicare Accelerated Payments
$50 million to purchase medical equipment and supplies
$10 million in additional payments designated for Critical Access Hospitals
$450 million state hospital loan program
$1,758,777 distributed in HHS ASPR funds for PPE purchases
$4,365,487 in the pipeline for ongoing hospital preparedness during 2021
Work on your behalf continued on a number of other fronts including:
We have a full slate of advocacy priorities for 2021. HAP shall seek to:
Learn more about HAP’s policy goals.
Guided by HAP’s 2021–2023 Strategic Plan, HAP will:
Support a healthier Pennsylvania.