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November 30, 2020

COVID-19 Liability Protections Vetoed by Governor

On the last day of the current legislative session—and as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge across the commonwealth—Governor Wolf vetoed a bill that would have provided limited liability protections for hospitals, health systems, and practitioners who are on the front line fighting to keep all patients safe and healthy.

November 30, 2020

Pennsylvanians Urged to Support Contact Tracing

During a conference call with reporters today, Rachel Levine, MD, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, said the state has reached “a concerning milestone,” with more than 4,400 COVID-19 hospitalizations. The positivity rate has climbed to nearly 12 percent, as well.

November 25, 2020

Holidays can be Difficult for Those Experiencing Grief or COVID-19-related Stress; Help is Available

While holidays are associated with family gatherings and sharing time with loved ones, families who have experienced a loss can find the holiday season to be an especially challenging time. Combined this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, record unemployment, and staying home for the holidays instead of visiting relatives and friends, an extra layer of stress and even sadness may permeate this holiday season.

November 20, 2020

Harrisburg Lawmakers Finalize Current State Budget

The Pennsylvania General Assembly today sent Governor Wolf a spending plan for the remainder of the fiscal year 2020–2021 budget. During May of this year, lawmakers enacted an interim state budget that funded government programs for five months and fully funded education.

November 20, 2020

General Assembly Sends COVID-19 Liability Protections to Governor’s Desk

Last night, the state Senate voted on a measure proposed by Senator Lisa Baker (R–Luzerne), which would protect providers and facilities, the business community, and education entities from frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits. Today the state House of Representatives approved the measure by a vote of 104 to 98, sending the bill to Governor Wolf.