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Advocacy & Research
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.
October 2013
SNAP asks members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation to urge their colleagues serving on the congressional budget conference committee to protect the state’s private safety-net hospitals during their deliberations by rejecting proposals to reduce Medicaid and Medicare payments to hospitals.