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News Release: PA Hospitals: Governor Wolf’s Budget Plan Promising

February 06, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address to a joint legislative session. Wolf’s proposal would sustain funding for key hospital lines and would allocate additional resources for opioid crisis response. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement:

“Today, Governor Wolf introduced a budget plan that provides continued support for vital hospital funding lines, including obstetrics and neonatal intensive care units, critical access hospitals, and trauma and burn centers. Without access to these facilities, Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable patients, and those with emergent and complex medical conditions, could be left with few options to receive the care they need. We thank Governor Wolf for prioritizing these programs.

“Each and every day, hospital staff see first-hand the toll that the opioid crisis is taking on the commonwealth’s families. We know that there are no easy solutions to ending substance use disorder in Pennsylvania, and hospitals are working to implement prescription guidelines, to streamline patient access to recovery services, and to strengthen our partnership with state and local governments to prevent substance misuse. We appreciate Governor Wolf’s ongoing efforts and we will continue to advocate for legislative remedies and for the behavioral health funding and services that are crucial to putting Pennsylvania on a path to recovery.

“Healthy hospitals help create a healthier Pennsylvania. Hospitals are striving to provide quality care and sharpen their focus on consumer needs. They also are working locally to address socioeconomic challenges such as hunger, violence, and homelessness; their role in emergency preparedness and crisis response has dramatically increased.

“Pennsylvania hospitals provide a contribution to the state General Fund through a statewide hospital tax that helps support the commonwealth’s budget. HAP thanks the hospital champions in the legislature and looks forward to working with Governor Wolf and policymakers to make sure that the commonwealth’s hospitals are not unduly burdened by the tax and have the resources they need to provide Pennsylvanians with the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

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