News Release: PA Hospitals Support State Budget Deal
June 28, 2019
Plan includes additional support for burn units, critical access hospitals; keeps Tobacco Settlement Fund monies for health care
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.
Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, released the following statement:
“This state budget represents a win for patient care in Pennsylvania. In fully funding the state’s burn and trauma centers, obstetric and neonatal units, and critical access hospitals, this General Assembly has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that the commonwealth’s hospitals remain financially stable and can continue to provide high-quality care to the communities they serve.
“Additionally, we are grateful to Governor Wolf and legislative leaders for ensuring that this year’s budget agreement allows resources from the Tobacco Settlement Fund to continue to flow to vital programs that bolster care for the uninsured and underinsured, as well as grants to fund research to unlock cures to community health challenges and chronic diseases.
“Promoting excellent care and improving the health of all Pennsylvanians isn’t a partisan issue. We encourage policymakers on both sides of the aisle to come together and ensure that the commitment to preserving the Tobacco Settlement Fund for its original purpose—health care—endures for years to come.”
The state budget and related legislation await Governor Wolf's signature.