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HAPAC and HAPAC-Federal are the political action committees of HAP. Participation in HAPAC helps HAP communicate to lawmakers the vital role that health care facilities and their employees play in their communities every day. Learn more

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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

March 14, 2019

HAP Supports Changes to Ensure High-Quality Care for Trauma Patients

To preserve the high-quality care being provided at Pennsylvania’s trauma centers, Representative Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Representative Michael Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) introduced House Bill 786 this week.


March 05, 2019

News Release: Innovative Pilot Aims to Boost Rural Community Health

Members of the hospital community joined Wolf Administration leaders today to announce a new pilot program designed to improve rural community health and provide financial stability for rural hospitals.


February 26, 2019

PA House Committee Dives into DOH and DDAP Budget Requests

Appearing before the House Appropriations Committee, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) faced questioning from members of the committee about the department’s budgetary requests for the 2019–2020 fiscal year.


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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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