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PA Hospitals Kept Whole in Difficult State Budget

June 30, 2017

State lawmakers preserve key funding lines to help rural and specialty facilities continue operations

Pennsylvania does not have a public hospital system, so it falls on the state’s network of hospitals to treat everyone. In return, the commonwealth has historically recognized this service and supported hospitals through supplemental funding for complex cases and underinsured individuals.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly continued that support in the fiscal year (FY) 2017–2018 spending plan by preserving key funding lines for Pennsylvania’s obstetrical/neonatal services, burn and trauma centers, and critical access hospitals.

“Pennsylvania’s hospitals are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and serve all patients—regardless of their ability to pay,” said Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. “In a difficult budget year, we appreciate that Governor Wolf and the legislature understand the importance of Pennsylvania’s trauma and burn centers, neonatal programs, and critical access hospitals. This support will make sure that families and communities continue to have access to these key programs and services.”

The spending plan was approved by both chambers of the legislature. Governor Wolf has indicated that he will sign the legislation. The legislation needed to implement the 2017–2018 state budget—including the revenue plan—will be considered next week. HAP will carefully monitor new developments as they arise and continue its state legislative advocacy on behalf of Pennsylvania hospitals and the patients and communities they serve.

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