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HAP through the Years: 2011–2021

December 31, 2021

During 2021, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) proudly marks its centennial with a look back at 100 years of milestones, advocacy, and support for Pennsylvania’s hospitals.

This week, HAP concludes our yearlong series with a look back at our last decade. The 2010s began with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and ended with our emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we begin our next chapter, we look forward to supporting hospitals and our communities in our shared mission for a healthy Pennsylvania.

The Last Decade

Medical Assistance modernization:  In its first year during 2011, the HAP-developed legislation to enhance Medical Assistance payments through a statewide hospital assessment led to $510 million in new net dollars to Pennsylvania hospitals.

A new leader:  During September 2012, Andy Carter was appointed as HAP’s new president and CEO. Carter replaced Carolyn Scanlan, who retired after nearly 18 years with HAP. “I feel privileged to be joining HAP, an organization which has a stellar state and national reputation for its advocacy on behalf of hospitals and health systems and the patients and communities they serve,” he said at the time of his appointment.

Fresh vision:  HAP updated its vision and mission statement during 2013, focusing on creating a Healthy Pennsylvania and being the leading advocate for improving the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians. The new mission put HAP at the center of transformation of the commonwealth’s health and health care.

The Affordable Care Act:  The state and federal health insurance marketplaces opened for business during 2013. The new enrollment exchanges—along with the federal subsidies to purchase insurance—was a key component of the Affordable Care Act.

Creating a digital community:  During May 2016, HAP launched Healthy Me PA, a grassroots digital community designed to bring together Pennsylvanians who care passionately about health and health care.

The opioid epidemic:  In response to the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and the U.S., HAP created its Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN), bringing together Pennsylvania’s hospitals to identify, create, and disseminate promising practices to address the growing crisis. 

A new pandemic:  On March 6, 2020, Pennsylvania reported its fast cases of COVID-19. HAP has worked closely with members to respond to the crisis, which continues into 2022. Pennsylvania’s hospitals and their outstanding teams have been integral to the COVID-19 emergency response, providing exemplary care, delivering life-saving vaccines, and serving as trusted voices within their communities.

Quotable:  In a note to members this month, HAP President and CEO Andy Carter said: “On behalf of everyone at HAP, I thank you for your trust and partnership as we begin our next 100 years.”