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Advocacy & Research
July 2013
SNAP sends a message to members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation asking them to support H.R. 1920, the DSH Reduction Relief Act of 2013. That bill calls for delaying implementation of Affordable Care Act-mandated cuts in Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicare DSH) and Medicaid DSH payments for two years, until FY 2016.
July 2013
SNAP submits comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its proposed regulation reducing future allotments to states for Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicaid DSH). In the letter, SNAP expresses support for some aspects of the proposal, offers recommendations for improving CMS’s proposed methodology, and expresses support for the administration’s budget proposal to delay all Medicaid DSH cuts for one year.
July 2013
In a letter to Department of Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth, SNAP urges the state to establish an observation rate in the state’s Medical Assistance program; to require HealthChoices managed care organizations to establish observation rates as well; and to ensure the adequacy of those observation rates.
December 2012
SNAP urges members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to protect the state’s ability to levy assessments on providers to help fund the commonwealth’s Medicaid program. The proceeds from the state’s current provider assessments, SNAP notes, have made a major difference in ensuring the ability of Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals to continue serving their many Medicaid patients.
March 2012
SNAP describes the vital role safety-net hospitals fulfill as employers in Pennsylvania’s economy. Research reveals that safety-net hospitals employ more people in comparison to other hospitals, pay better wages than non-hospital jobs in the state, and provide an important measure of economic stability in communities across Pennsylvania.