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HAP Statement: Governor’s Budget Plan Protects Key Hospital Funding Lines, Spotlights Workforce Development

February 05, 2019

Today, Governor Tom Wolf (D–PA) delivered the first state budget address of his second term in office, outlining his administration’s spending priorities for the 2019–2020 fiscal year. Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement:

“Today, the Governor demonstrated his ongoing support of Pennsylvania’s hospitals through sustaining vital hospital funding lines within his proposed state budget. Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable and complex patients rely on these funds that are directed to obstetrics and neonatal intensive care units, critical access hospitals, and trauma and burn centers.

“Additionally, we thank the Administration for prioritizing health care by preserving the programs that are supported by the Tobacco Settlement Fund.

“The hospital community is proud to support approximately 650,000 family-sustaining jobs throughout the commonwealth, and we are encouraged by the Governor’s dedication to developing the state’s workforce.

“Like many other sectors of the state’s economy, the health care community is taking a serious look at how we prepare for the health care needs of the future. It is clear we cannot meet those needs without a highly skilled and talented workforce, and we are collectively taking the steps to understand how we do so. We welcome any opportunity to partner with the Commonwealth to support this mission.

“We look forward to working with the Administration and with legislative leaders to support measures to help hospitals meet the needs of Pennsylvania’s families and adapt to the future of health care in Pennsylvania. To do that, we need to ensure that our hospitals are safe workplaces; our staff have the flexibility they need to respond to rapidly changing needs; and our hospitals have the financial security to support the innovation and investment necessary ensure that patients continue to get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

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