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January 2015
In the second of a series of four papers for leaders of the new Wolf administration and legislative committee leaders and staff, SNAP presents an overview of the major challenges Pennsylvania’s private safety-net hospitals currently face.
January 2015
In the first of a series of four papers for leaders of the new Wolf administration and legislative and committee leaders and staff, SNAP presents an introduction to the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania: what safety-net hospitals are, where they are located, whom they serve, and how they differ from other acute-care hospitals in the state.
December 2014
In a letter to the Department of Human Services, SNAP asks to meet with department officials to discuss delays of as much as a year in reviewing and paying selected hospital Medical Assistance fee-for-service claims.
June 2014
As Pennsylvania lawmakers contemplate the state’s FY 2015 budget amid a major revenue shortfall, SNAP documents the extent to which safety-net hospital-driven employment is a major economic force in communities across the state and urges officials to ensure this continued economic activity by preserving adequate funding for Medical Assistance payments to hospitals.
June 2014
Pennsylvania hospitals provide $1 billion a year in uncompensated care to low-income and uninsured patients; the state’s private safety-net hospitals, only 25 percent of acute-care hospitals in the state, provide nearly half of that uncompensated care. Safety-net hospitals receive help from the state with this financial burden through Tobacco Uncompensated Care payments, and SNAP urges state officials to use funds previously authorized for this purpose to make these payments for FY 2014 and to preserve the current level of funding in FY 2015.