The PA Health Agency has announced that its budget will be cut by 15 percent, to $5 million.
The PA announced that it was going to cut its budget by $1.5 million over the next few years, as well as by $7 million in 2019.
The budget cuts come after PA Governor Larry Hogan announced the agency would be shutting down on September 1.
PA Commissioner of Health Eric Pacheco, who is also the president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the NAACP, has said the agency’s budget cut was needed to save money, and that the state needed to take a “hard look at what we do” to “support our families.”
The cuts, however, will have little impact on PA residents.
In 2018, the PA had a budget of $19.9 million, and in 2019, it had a $16.9 billion budget.
PA residents make up around 17 percent of the state’s population, and the PA spends a lot of money on health care, according to PA Health Commissioner of Finance John Deasy.
“There are a lot more people who are on Medicaid and Medicare and Medicaid is a huge problem for PA,” Deasy told PhillyVoice.
“So we’re really going to have to look at our budget to determine how we can be better for our residents.”
PA Health Director of Operations Steve Lazzaro told Philly Voice that the PA will focus on helping people with chronic health issues, which includes cancer and heart disease, instead of just getting more people insured.
“We’ll be doing all of those things we’ve been doing for a number of years, but it’s going to be a bit harder,” Lazzarosaid.
“If you have an acute condition, it’s really hard to find care, and we’re going to really need to do a better job of working with our hospitals to get people in a better position to be able to afford treatment and get care to them.
We’ve been spending too much money on the Medicaid and health care system.”
PA Governor Hogan said the PA was “making a hard choice” and that it needed to be prudent.
“I don’t want to have a health crisis in PA,” he said.
“Our health care is one of the safest in the nation.
The problem is that we don’t have the funding to do what we need to be doing.”
In a letter to the PA legislature, Pachecom said the cuts were necessary to help Pennsylvania pay its bills.
“The PA’s budget cuts will allow us to spend less on administrative expenses and support our critical public services,” he wrote.
“These reductions are also necessary to provide more resources for the PA’s most vulnerable residents, including our most vulnerable children and families.
In the past, the budget cuts have allowed PA to continue providing quality care to the people who call our doors.
This budget has allowed us to invest in essential services, like education, treatment for chronic illness, and outreach to our uninsured and underinsured.”
The PA will be able continue to operate under a “one-stop shop” to get all its essential services to its patients, according PA Health Secretary Jennifer Tittel.
However, PA Health will not be able offer a “standard” form of care, such as physical therapy, for patients who have “severely compromised health,” Tittl said.
PA Health has also been working to get the PA health care workers’ union on board with the health care cuts.
PA union President and CEO Chris O’Leary told Philly.com that the cuts will hurt PA workers’ ability to do their jobs.
“This is a hard pill to swallow,” he told Phillyvoice.
“When we work hard and are successful, we are treated fairly and fairly treated.
The union has been fighting hard for us to get a better deal.
This cuts will force us to work harder for the public.”
PA health officials have also said that they are going to keep working on implementing a new health insurance system.
PA health commissioner of services and outreach Michael Krumm told Philly, “The reality is that the plan that was put forward, we’re still going to implement that, but the plans that were put forward for 2018 were not going to work.”
He added that the health authority’s new health care provider system is “going to work, and it will work very well.”
“I think the biggest problem that PA has is that, like many states, we have not had a national health care conversation,” Krummsaid.
In his statement, PA health Commissioner of Services and Admissions Robert E. Suggs said that the budget was an “important milestone,” and that PA is “well on our way to being one of our national leaders in healthcare.”
Sugg said that his agency will continue to work with the PA and state health departments on the new health system, and is “excited” about working with the new PA health system. He