Archive for Pennsylvania proposed FY 2020 budget
The Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania has joined 10 other organizations in urging Pennsylvania’s General Assembly to use 100 percent of Tobacco Settlement Fund monies for health-related services and programs in the coming fiscal year. For FY 2018-2019, Pennsylvania borrowed against future proceeds from the Tobacco Settlement Fund to help balance the state budget. Debt service payments will soon be due and the Wolf administration has proposed paying that debt service with proceeds from the state’s sales and use taxes. In a letter to state legislators, SNAP and the others endorse this aspect of the administration’s proposed budget FY 2019-2020 budget. Tobacco fund proceeds are vital to Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals, helping to compensate them for some of the care they provide … Read More
The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published its March-April 2019 newsletter. Included in this month’s edition are articles about: The launch of a new tool to determine applicants’ eligibility for Medicaid-covered long-term services and supports. An update on Medicare Part D payment problems that affect some dually eligible Medicare/Medicaid patients. Highlights of the state’s Department of Human Services budget (including Medicaid). An update on the status of the Affordable Care Act. Go here for articles about these and other subjects.
Debt service on the state’s borrowing against future proceeds from the national master tobacco settlement agreement should be paid using state sales and use tax revenue, SNAP has declared in a new position statement. Last year the state borrowed $1.5 billion against future proceeds from the tobacco settlement. Some tobacco settlement money is used to help hospitals with the cost of uncompensated care they provide via tobacco uncompensated care payments and tobacco extraordinary expense payments made to hospitals that meet specific criteria: how much uncompensated care they provide, the proportion of their patients insured by Medicaid, and the proportion of low-income seniors they serve. All Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals qualify for these payments. Because the state’s borrowing against future tobacco settlement … Read More
The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the February 2019 edition of its newsletter. Included in this edition are articles about: Governor Wolf’s proposed FY 2020 Medicaid budget Medicare Part D co-pay problems for some dual-eligibles new Medicare Part D monitoring for prescription drug abuse Community HealthChoices Find these stories and others in the latest edition of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project’s Health Law PA News.
Governor Wolf’s proposed FY 2020 budget for the Department of Human Services includes a number of initiatives designed to improve existing programs, enhance health status, and improve access to health services. As highlighted in a recent release from DHS, those initiatives include: increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage helping parents find lasting careers evidence-based home visiting high-quality child care expanding access to affordable child care personal care homes/day treatment programs disability advocacy program helping people access services All of these proposals are subject to review and consideration by the state legislature as part of the process of developing and adopting a state spending plan for the 2020 fiscal year. Learn more from the DHS release “DHS 2019-20 Budget Initiatives.”