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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.
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.