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Advocacy & Research
January 2019
In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, SNAP responds to a proposed federal Medicaid managed care regulation by expressing support for its partial restoration of rate ranges in Medicaid managed care payments; urges CMS to restore states’ ability to make managed care pass-through payments to ensure access to Medicaid services; and expresses support for CMS’s expansion of the use of directed payments in Medicaid managed care. SNAP also urges CMS to expand even further the use of rate ranges and directed payments.
August 2017
In response to a request from the House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee for suggestions from stakeholders on ways to improve the delivery of Medicare services and eliminate statutory and regulatory obstacles to more effective care delivery, SNAP asks Congress to permit states to monitor Medicaid disproportionate share payments (Medicaid DSH) to hospitals using state prospective DSH limit calculations rather than requiring retroactive DSH audits.
June 2017
SNAP was among 27 Pennsylvania health care organizations to send a joint letter to senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey pointing out aspects of the House-passed American Health Care Act that could jeopardize access to care for medically vulnerable Pennsylvanians.
May 2017
SNAP joins 13 other groups in writing to members of the state’s congressional delegation to warn about shortcomings in the American Health Care Act.
September 2016
SNAP objects to the manner in which the federal government proposes changing how it treats payments from Medicare and third-party payers made on behalf of Medicaid-eligible individuals when calculating eligible hospitals’ Medicaid DSH payments. In its letter, SNAP notes that the proposed methodology contradicts congressional intent and is harmful to Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals.