Archive for April 2012
Welcome to the new web site of the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania. Here you can learn more about SNAP: who we are, what we stand for, the issues that are important to us, and how we advocate the interests of the private, acute-care hospitals that play the greatest role in caring for low-income Pennsylvanians. We invite you to spend some time exploring our site and to return often. In this space we will present information relevant to anyone who is interested in the state’s safety-net hospitals, the Pennsylvania Medicaid program that insures so many of their patients, and how public policy in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. affects the ability of these safety-net hospitals to serve their communities.
Safety-net hospitals fulfill a vital role as employers in Pennsylvania’s economy. SNAP’s latest research found that safety-net hospitals employ more people in comparison to other hospitals, pay better wages than non-hospital jobs across the commonwealth, and provide an important measure of economic stability in communities across Pennsylvania. At a time when cuts have been proposed in Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program, it is important that state policy-makers understand how reducing such spending could undermine the economies in already-troubled communities across the state. Take a closer look at the impact of Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals on the state’s economy in the SNAP report “Pennsylvania’s Safety-Net Hospitals: Vital Providers, Vital Employers.”