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Advocacy & Research
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.
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.