Healthcare Access and Stabilization Program

HASP helps preserve and improve North Carolina’s access to care

North Carolinians rely on their community hospitals to provide the care they need when they need it. The Healthcare Access and Stabilization Program (HASP) allows North Carolina’s hospitals to pay for the non-federal share costs of Medicaid expansion, while also growing provider participation in Medicaid and strengthening vulnerable rural hospitals. It also provides hospitals a predictable financial foundation that supports their patients and workers, keeps facilities and technology up-to-date, and allows them to invest in the health and wellness of their communities. 

HASP is a directed payment model that increases Medicaid rates closer to the cost of providing care at no cost to the state. This federally-funded solution is specifically designed to protect access and support safety net hospitals. HASP requires annual approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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