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States Can Cut Medicaid Payments, Administration Says

States are free to reduce payments to providers to keep down their Medicaid costs, the Obama administration has told a court considering a challenge to a 10 percent cut in provider payments by California’s Medicaid program. The administration weighed in on this subject in a legal brief submitted in a court case that will decide whether California can reduce its Medicaid payments to providers. If California’s defense of its Medicaid payment cuts proves successful, it could provide a blueprint for other states to reduce payments at a time when most states are preparing for a significant expansion of their Medicaid rolls.  Many states are already concerned about the potential for rising Medicaid costs while others have opted out of Medicaid … Read More

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Sequestration Could Hit Southeastern PA Hospitals Hard

Hospitals in southeastern Pennsylvania could lose $50 million in patient revenue a year if the scheduled sequestration of federal spending takes effect on March 1. At that time, all Medicare payments to hospitals would be cut two percent. In addition, hospitals in that region could lose another $41 million from a comparable cut in National Institutes of Health (NIH) spending. Safety-net hospitals located in southeastern Pennsylvania would suffer a significant proportion of both of these cuts.  Members of the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) located in this region include the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Hahnemann University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, … Read More

Posted in Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania

Medicaid Enrollment Down in PA

Enrollment in Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program declined by 55,000 people during the second half of 2012. While it is not clear why enrollment dropped so significantly, one theory is that some people who lost their General Assistance cash assistance ­– a casualty of the state’s FY 2013 budget – did not reapply for Medical Assistance.  Others point to the inability of county assistance offices to process applications effectively. Read more about the drop in Medicaid enrollment in Pennsylvania and its possible causes in this Philadelphia Inquirer article.

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

Report Says PA Medicaid Expansion Would Create Jobs, Foster Economic Activity

Expanding Medicaid as called for in the Affordable Care Act would extend health insurance to nearly 700,000 currently uninsured Pennsylvanians and create more than 41,000 new jobs in the state in 2016 according to a new  report. Medicaid expansion also would result in $3.3 billion in new health care spending in Pennsylvania and generate $5.1 billion in new economic activity in 2016. These are among the conclusions presented ind “Pennsylvania’s Economy Will Benefit From Expanding Medicaid,” a new report issued jointly by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network and the national advocacy group Families USA. Learn more about the report and its analysis and find a link to the entire report here, on the web site of the Pennsylvania Health Access … Read More

Posted in Health care reform, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy

The Proposed FY 2014 State Budget: Part 7 of 7

Department of Health Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently unveiled his proposed state FY 2014 budget.  The day he did, members of the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) immediately received a comprehensive memo outlining the governor’s budget proposal with an emphasis on the issues that matter most to the state’s 61 private safety-net hospitals. Over a seven-day period, SNAP has presented in this space the highlights of the governor’s budget, again with an emphasis on Medical Assistance and other matters of special interest to Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals.   In this final installment, SNAP takes a look at what that budget proposes for the state’s Department of Health. The Department of Health’s budget calls for a number of spending cuts.  Among them, it … Read More

Posted in Pennsylvania state budget issues, Proposed FY 2014 Pennsylvania state budget

The Proposed FY 2014 State Budget: Part 6 of 7

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently unveiled his proposed state FY 2014 budget.  The day he did, members of the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) immediately received a comprehensive memo outlining the governor’s budget proposal with an emphasis on the issues that matter most to the state’s 61 private safety-net hospitals. Over a seven-day period, SNAP presents in this space the highlights of the governor’s budget, again with an emphasis on Medical Assistance and other matters of special interest to Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals.   Today, SNAP takes a look at what the proposed budget says about the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The governor’s proposed FY 2014 budget includes $24 million in new money for the Children’s Health … Read More

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The Proposed FY 2014 State Budget: Part 5 of 7

Other Medical Assistance Issues Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently unveiled his proposed state FY 2014 budget.  When he did, members of the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) immediately received a comprehensive memo outlining the governor’s budget proposal with an emphasis on the issues that matter most to the state’s 61 private safety-net hospitals. Over a seven-day period, SNAP presents in this space the highlights of the governor’s budget, again with an emphasis on Medical Assistance and other matters of special interest to Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals.   Today, SNAP takes a look at what the proposed budget says about Medical Assistance issues not addressed in parts one through four of this series. The proposed budget calls for a number of other changes … Read More

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The Proposed FY 2014 State Budget: Part 4 of 7

Medical Assistance Supplemental Payments Last Tuesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his proposed state FY 2014 budget.  Later that day, members of the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) received a comprehensive memo outlining the governor’s budget proposal with an emphasis on the issues that matter most to the state’s 61 private safety-net hospitals. Over a seven-day period, SNAP presents in this space the highlights of the governor’s budget, again with an emphasis on Medical Assistance and other matters of special interest to Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals.   Today, SNAP takes a look at what the proposed budget says about Medical Assistance supplemental payments. Governor Corbett has proposed no change in the state’s spending on OB/NICU, burn center, and trauma center payments.  Because … Read More

Posted in Medicaid supplemental payments, Pennsylvania Medicaid policy, Pennsylvania state budget issues, Proposed FY 2014 Pennsylvania state budget, Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania

The Proposed FY 2014 State Budget: Part 3 of 7

Hospital Assessment Revenue Last Tuesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his proposed state FY 2014 budget.  Later that day, members of the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) received a comprehensive memo outlining the governor’s budget proposal with an emphasis on the issues that matter most to the state’s 61 private safety-net hospitals. Over a seven-day period, SNAP presents in this space the highlights of the governor’s budget, again with an emphasis on Medical Assistance and other matters of special interest to Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals.   Today, SNAP takes a look at what the proposed budget says about revenue from the state-wide and Philadelphia hospital assessments. The proposed budget assumes $633 million in revenue from the state-wide hospital assessment and another $148 … Read More

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid policy, Pennsylvania state budget issues, Proposed FY 2014 Pennsylvania state budget, Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania

The Proposed FY 2014 State Budget: Part 2 of 7

The Major Medical Assistance Spending Categories Last Tuesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his proposed state FY 2014 budget.  Later that day, members of the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) received a comprehensive memo outlining the governor’s budget proposal with an emphasis on the issues that matter most to the state’s 61 private safety-net hospitals. Over a seven-day period, SNAP presents in this space the highlights of the governor’s budget, again with an emphasis on Medical Assistance and other matters of special interest to Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals.   Today, SNAP takes a look at what the proposed budget says about the major Medical Assistance spending categories. The proposed budget calls for what on the surface appear to be sizeable decreases in … Read More

Posted in Pennsylvania Medicaid policy, Pennsylvania state budget issues, Proposed FY 2014 Pennsylvania state budget, Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania
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