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HAP Testimony
On Pennsylvania hospitals’ Ebola preparedness (Oct 2014)


HAP Testimony
Comments regarding the commonwealth’s Hospital Preparedness Partnership Program (Jun 2017)


During June 2018, the state legislature passed the 2018–2019 fiscal year budget. The budget maintains 2017–2018 funding levels for hospital payments, including the Medical Assistance (MA) Supplemental payments for critical access hospitals, obstetrics/neonatal payments, hospital burn centers, and trauma centers. The budget also increases the MA Supplemental payments for critical access hospitals by $3.4 million to address increased Medicaid losses in these facilities.

The Governor’s budget also includes assumptions related to the reauthorization of the statewide hospital Quality Care Assessment (QCA). Through a unified advocacy effort, the hospital community and HAP were able to limit the increase in the amount of the QCA allocated to the general fund to $75 million in each of the next three years and an additional $80 million in the fourth and fifth years of the plan.

The original plan included an annual increase to the state contribution of $130 million, which was an unsustainable amount. While the $75 million increase is a higher amount than hospitals were hoping for, it was necessary to secure changes that protect QCA funds for hospitals going forward so they can continue to provide high quality patient care.

HAP will continue working to find long-term solutions to achieve an adequately funded Medicaid program.

Related News

January 15, 2019

Governor Wolf Sworn in to Second Term with New Lieutenant Governor Fetterman

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) was sworn in for his second term as the commonwealth’s top executive and John Fetterman (D) was installed as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.


January 15, 2019

PA Hospitals Congratulate Wolf and Fetterman on Inauguration

Earlier today, Governor Tom Wolf was sworn in to a second term and John Fetterman was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s new Lieutenant Governor. Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement following the swearing-in ceremony.


January 08, 2019

HAP Congratulates New Committee Chairs, Health Committee Leaders

Pennsylvania’s state legislature released committee chair announcements for the 2019–2020 legislative session and there will be a few new faces in the role of chair for the House Health Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.


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Related Blogs

June 29, 2018

Why Advocacy Is Not Just for “Advocates:” Five Reasons to Join Healthy Me PA


January 14, 2016

Do Rural Residents Deserve Less Access Than Their Urban Counterparts?


May 14, 2015

Jobs That Pay Off in More Ways Than One

Unemployment, poverty, and low wages jeopardize Pennsylvania’s health as well as its economy. The many good jobs provided by Pennsylvania hospitals address these challenges in more ways than you might think.

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