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Advocacy & Research
March 2012
SNAP urges the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare not to implement a published regulation that calls for eliminating Medicaid payments to hospitals for care they provide to normal newborn babies whose care is covered by the Medical Assistance fee-for-service program. SNAP maintains that such a policy would undermine the mission of the Medicaid program, jeopardize access to maternity services, and disproportionately harm safety-net hospitals.
October 2011
SNAP urges the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the congressional “supercommittee”) to reject any Medicaid deficit reduction proposals that come before the committee that would jeopardize the ability of Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals to continue serving their communities as effectively as they have for so many years.
February 2010
SNAP notes that the governor’s proposed FY 2012 budget calls for $60 million in Medical Assistance cuts and that these cuts would be borne disproportionately by Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals. SNAP further notes that the payments slated for cuts – Medicaid inpatient disproportionate share (inpatient DSH), outpatient disproportionate share (outpatient DSH), medical education payments, and Community Access Fund payments – were specifically created to help hospitals that care for large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients yet have specifically been targeted for major reductions.