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Advocacy & Research
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.
June 2014
The combination of changes in government health care policies and the influence of powerful economic forces calling for change pose a significant challenge to Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals. To ensure their continued ability to serve Pennsylvanians in need, these hospitals need financial stability and predictability: they need to know that their Medical Assistance funding will not be at risk as the state experiences budget challenges and that the state continues to view them as partners as they work to provide a health care safety net for Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance and low-income populations.
April 2014
SNAP submits to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a letter endorsing Pennsylvania’s application for a Medicaid waiver so it can expand eligibility for its Medical Assistance program as proposed in the state’s Healthy Pennsylvania plan.
January 2014
SNAP submits detailed comments to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare on Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania proposal to bring health care reform and health insurance to Pennsylvania. These comments supplement SNAP’s January 9 testimony at a hearing on the reform plan.
January 2014
SNAP president Michael Chirieleison testified at a public hearing in Harrisburg soliciting comments on Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania proposal to bring health care reform and health insurance expansion to Pennsylvania. The testimony includes suggestions for improving the Healthy Pennsylvania proposal.