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New PA Budget Boosts PA Safety-Net Hospitals

Pennsylvania’s recently adopted FY 2017 budget restores to safety-net hospitals selected supplemental Medicaid payments that were not included in the budget Governor Tom Wolf originally proposed in February.

Financial paperworkThe state’s FY 2017 budget restores, to FY 2016 levels, Medicaid OB/NICU, burn center, trauma center, and critical access hospital payments. All had been targeted for reduction or elimination in the governor’s budget proposal.

The new budget includes modest increases for the Medicaid fee-for-service program, for managed care spending, and for physician practice plans. It also designates an additional $3.75 million for academic medical centers.

The human services code revisions needed to direct the Department of Human Services to make these Medicaid payments also have been adopted.

Filed in Pennsylvania proposed FY 2017 budget.

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