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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)


On June 30, the state constitutional deadline for a budget, the legislature sent Governor Wolf a $32 billion spending plan to fund the 2017–2018 fiscal year. On July 10, the deadline for the Governor to accept or veto the spending plan, he allowed the budget to become law without his signature absent a revenue package.

For Pennsylvania’s hospital community, Harrisburg recognized the important partnership between government and hospital facilities for the care and services they provide in addition to job creation and economic contributions. The 2017–2018 spending plan did not reduce supplemental Medical Assistance payments for hospital obstetric and neonatal, burn, and trauma services and also kept funding for critical access hospitals level.

However, the current situation still leaves Harrisburg lawmakers trying to find ways to fund the approved spending plan and fix a roughly $2 billion budget deficit from last fiscal year. Absent any broad-based tax increases or other significant new revenue, Harrisburg lawmakers are forced to consider one-time funding options and other creative ways to fill in the gaps. This includes borrowing against the Tobacco Settlement Fund.

HAP will remain vigilant in ensuring that Pennsylvania’s hospital community is heard as funding sources are being considered and deliberated. Pennsylvania’s hospital community is a core government function and valuable partnership benefiting the entire commonwealth.

Related News

April 18, 2018

CEO of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Talks to State Lawmakers about Important Health Care Priorities

“The role of safety net providers in meeting the health care needs of rural underserved populations” was the topic at the 2018 Rural Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing at the Capitol this morning. The bi-cameral, bi-partisan briefing was hosted by Senator Lisa Baker, Majority Chairperson of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee; Representative Kathy Rapp, Majority Chairperson of the Health Committee; and Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.


April 17, 2018

HAP-Supported Bill to Curb Opioids, Reform Workers Comp Sent to Governor

Yesterday evening, the Pennsylvania House voted 101-92 to approve HAP-supported legislation to curb the use of opioids by injured workers and to better the commonwealth’s workers’ compensation system.


April 09, 2018

JAMA Article Outlines Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Budget Pilot

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, “A Path to Sustain Rural Hospitals,” provided an overview of the recent work in Pennsylvania to create a global budget pilot for rural hospitals in the state. During January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced the launch of a new, voluntary program aimed at shifting reimbursement from a fee-for-service model based on volume to a multi-payor global budget methodology focused on population health.


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Related Blogs

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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