November 16, 2021
Medicaid helps about a quarter of Pennsylvanians access necessary health care, serving as a critical safety net for many working families and middle class individuals who need long-term care, HAP told state legislators today.
HAP joined fellow members of the Pennsylvania Provider Advocacy Coalition at the State Capitol for an educational presentation to members of the General Assembly about Medicaid in the Keystone State. Jeffrey Bechtel, HAP’s senior vice president, health economics and policy, spoke along with representatives from several other coalition member organizations.
The presentation didn’t include a specific advocacy ask. Instead, the goal was to help lawmakers better understand Medicaid’s importance to their constituents, dispel misconceptions about the program, and highlight some ongoing challenges.
Key messages included:
The group also identified challenges facing Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program, including, but not limited to, demographic changes that are increasing Medicaid use, the need to maintain adequate funding, underpayments to providers, workforce shortages across health care, and the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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