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Pennsylvania’s Safety-Net Hospitals

Pennsylvania's Safety-Net Hospitals
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The Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania is the state’s leading voice for hospitals that play the most prominent role in serving low-income and medically vulnerable residents of the commonwealth, many of whom are served by Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program. These 41 safety-net hospitals provide a significant proportion of care to the state’s one million uninsured residents and its 2.2 million Medical Assistance recipients. Because of the patients they serve, these Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals face a significant and continuing challenge to their financial health.

All of these safety-net hospitals serve unusually large numbers of low-income Pennsylvanians, but they are diverse in several important ways: they are large, small, and medium-sized hospitals; among them are community hospitals, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and academic medical centers; they can be found in urban, suburban, and rural areas located in the eastern, western, and central parts of Pennsylvania; and they are located in 24 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.