Proposed Tax on Ambulatory Surgery Centers Dropped from 2019-2020 Pa. Budget

Last Updated: Jul 3, 2019

government-spending-money-articleAfter a busy month of negotiations, Pennsylvania’s 2019-2020 budget has been finalized. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the new $34 billion budget into law on June 28, 2019.

One highlight of this year’s budget is an item that isn’t included – a proposed $12.5 million tax on ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) was left out of the final budget.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) was part of a coalition of 18 state medical societies, led by the Pennsylvania Ambulatory Surgery Association (PASA), who were successful in opposing the tax on ASCs. The coalition urged legislators to oppose the tax, as it could have forced some facilities to close and consequently reduce patient access to quality, community-based healthcare.

Additional information on the enacted budget can be found on the Pa. Office of the Budget website here

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