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ACTION NEEDED - OPPOSE PROVIDER TAX

June 06, 2018 8:16 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)


Take a moment to support your colleagues to fight a proposed provider tax on ambulatory surgery centers in the state. Take Action to tell your Pennsylvania lawmakers to reject a Provider Tax in the state budget. 

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proposed a new PROVIDER TAX on Pennsylvania ambulatory surgery centers in his 2018-19 budget address. His proposal seeks a 2.81% tax on profitability (net patient revenue) to generate $25M on an annual basis. The tax is part of the Human Services Code which provides additional dollars for Medical Assistance. The tax will result in decreased access to high-quality, cost-efficient community based surgical care, and increase costs for patients, insurers, employers and the state. The legislature is giving serious consideration to approving the tax. 

The new Provider Tax would be detrimental to ambulatory surgery centers that provide a critical part of the quality and affordability of health care in Pennsylvania (Fact Sheet on Provider Tax). 

The Keystone and Philadelphia Chapters of the American College of Surgeons have joined with the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Ambulatory Surgery Association to oppose the new Provider Tax. A new tax on one part of medicine could lead to future taxes for others.


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