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PA Hospital Association Supports Corbett Medicaid Reform Plan to Increase Coverage for 500,000 Pennsylvanians

February 19, 2014

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Andy Carter in support of the Corbett administration’s proposed Healthy Pennsylvania 1115 Demonstration Waiver Application to provide increased health care coverage for more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians:   

“Pennsylvania hospitals unequivocally support strengthening Medicaid to ensure effective insurance coverage and access to quality care for all Pennsylvanians. We also support the broad aims of Healthy Pennsylvania––access, quality, and affordability. 

“Since the introduction of the Healthy Pennsylvania initiative, HAP has been engaged in productive conversations with the Corbett administration to refine the details of the state’s proposed Healthy Pennsylvania 1115 Demonstration Application. As a result of these discussions, we fully support the final document, as it offers an effective and workable program to address the health care and wellness needs of low-income Pennsylvanians. 

“On behalf of the state’s hospital and health system community, I will be submitting a letter of support to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requesting their expeditious review and approval of the application. 

“We appreciate the administration’s responsiveness to our concerns. The outcome of our work meets our shared goal of providing affordable health coverage to low-income, non-elderly, working Pennsylvanians and their families. The plan also addresses the governor’s priority to create a sustainable Medicaid program for future generations, and to give Pennsylvanians more choices, encourage healthy behavior, and deliver critical health care at less cost to the taxpayers. 

“This is a significant step forward by the governor, and demonstrates his commitment to helping those Pennsylvanians most in need.”

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