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June 28, 2019

2019–2020 State Budget Retains Tobacco Settlement Fund Payments for Hospitals; Important Health Care Bills on Way to Governor

Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly agreed to an almost $34 billion budget for the 2019–2020 state fiscal year. Of importance to hospitals and their patients and communities, the budget ensures programs funded from the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) continue to be fully funded. This includes support for hospitals to care for vulnerable patients through uncompensated care or extraordinary expense payments, as well as funds for CURE grants supporting health research.

June 28, 2019

News Release: PA Hospitals Support State Budget Deal

Pennsylvania’s legislative leaders have approved a state budget plan that will help to continue to expand access to health care at the commonwealth’s hospitals. The state’s General Assembly members passed a nearly $34 billion plan that funds supplemental Medicaid funding lines for the commonwealth’s critical access hospitals, burn and trauma centers, and obstetric and neonatal intensive care units, and also preserves Tobacco Settlement Fund dollars for health care.

June 26, 2019

HAP, Members Testify in Opposition to Venue Rule Change

HAP, members, and stakeholders testified this week in opposition to a proposed change to venue reform. The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) held a two-day hearing about the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposal to change the medical professional liability venue reform adopted during 2002.

June 25, 2019

Trump Administration Issues Order Relating to Hospital Price Transparency

In an executive order issued Monday, the Trump Administration directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other agencies to develop rules requiring hospitals to disclose prices that reflect what insurers pay for services. The rules also will require health care providers and insurers to disclose out-of-pocket costs that consumers will face before they receive health care services.

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