The Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania represents the interests of private, acute-care hospitals that play the leading role in caring for the poor, the disadvantaged, and the uninsured residents of the commonwealth.
Pennsylvania’s 59 safety-net hospitals provide disproportionate amounts of care to the state’s 2.2 million Medical Assistance recipients and one million uninsured residents. As a result of the patients they serve, safety-net hospitals face a significant, continuing, disproportionate challenge to their financial health.
While all of these safety-net hospitals share the common characteristic of their unusual level of service to low-income Pennsylvanians, they are diverse in other ways: they include community hospitals, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and academic medical centers; they are large, small, and medium-sized hospitals; they are located in urban, suburban, and rural areas as well as in the western, eastern, and central parts of the state; and they can be found in 33 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.
Adequate Medicaid payments are critical to the ability of these hospitals to serve their communities. These include payments for inpatient and outpatient services; core supplemental payments – inpatient disproportionate share payments (inpatient DSH), outpatient disproportionate share payments (outpatient DSH), medical education payments, and Community Access Fund payments; and additional supplemental Medicaid payments – trauma unit payments, burn unit payments, OB/NICU payments, critical access hospital payments, and Tobacco Uncompensated Care payments.
We invite you to spend time on our site learning about SNAP’s mission, advocacy, and research; why we believe an organization like SNAP is so important for Pennsylvania Medicaid providers; how we keep safety-net hospitals abreast of policy developments in the Pennsylvania Medicaid program that affect them; and how you can join SNAP.