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Joint Advocacy Correspondence: Governor-elect Shapiro, Pennsylvania Provider Advocacy Coalition

January 9, 2023

Dear Governor-elect Shapiro:

The undersigned organizations, which are part of a collaborative group known as the Pennsylvania Provider Advocacy Coalition, are writing to congratulate you on your election victory.

The Pennsylvania Provider Advocacy Coalition works to advance policy goals consistent with a shared commitment to promote coverage and improve health outcomes for the citizens of Pennsylvania. The coalition also serves as a resource to legislators and policymakers relating to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and hosts periodic educational forums.

Continued state and federal support of the Medicaid program is vital to provide care for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens, improve access to care and health outcomes, and sustain economic growth. To allow the program to continue to fulfill this important role, the coalition has advocated for policies that address core challenges such as:

  • Recruiting, educating, and maintaining a robust health and human services workforce
  • Tackling the human and economic impact of a drastically changing health care environment
  • Understanding the data and the need for new approaches to prevent mass violence, promote gun safety, and adequately fund mental health services
  • Planning for Pennsylvania’s rapidly aging population
  • Addressing social determinants of health such as food insecurity, housing, and transportation
  • Supporting value-based care and payment by establishing practical, achievable, and patient-centered measures
  • Expanding access to care via telehealth
  • Promoting provider viability by ensuring adequate Medicaid payments

Your administration will have a significant opportunity to refocus and re- evaluate its approach to expanding access and improving care to Pennsylvanians, and the Pennsylvania Provider Advocacy Coalition hopes to serve as a resource to help inform the administration’s health care policy agenda.

Attached is a copy of a Medicaid educational presentation delivered to state legislators last year that will introduce you to the Medicaid program in Pennsylvania, as well as detail its impact during the public health emergency and future challenges. We also have attached a listing of members of the Pennsylvania Provider Advocacy Coalition.

The Pennsylvania Provider Advocacy Coalition holds periodic conference calls throughout the year, and we welcome an opportunity to speak with you and your policy team. We will follow-up in the near future to discuss meeting dates.

Again, congratulations on your election. We look forward to engaging with you and your policy team during the coming months.


Alliance of Health Care Providers 
Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania
American College of Nurse-Midwives: Pennsylvania Affiliate 
Health Federation of Philadelphia
LeadingAge PA
National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter 
Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians
Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers 
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians 
Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association
Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health 
Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners 
Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians 
Pennsylvania Dental Association
Pennsylvania Homecare Association
Pennsylvania Medical Society 
Pennsylvania Optometric Association 
Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association 
Pennsylvania Psychological Association 
Pennsylvania Rheumatology Society
Pennsylvania Rural Health Association 
Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants
Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association 
Pennsylvania State Nurses Association 
Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association 
Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania 
The Urban Health Care Coalition of Pennsylvania



Topics: State Advocacy

Revision Date: 1/9/2023

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