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March 04, 2021

PA DHS Identifies Priority Areas during Budget Hearing

Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) appeared before the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to discuss the department’s 2021–2022 fiscal year budget and the vast network of services and programs the department oversees across Pennsylvania.

March 02, 2021

Federal Lawmakers Explore Future of Telehealth

Today, federal lawmakers discussed the rapid rise of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, while evaluating recent waivers that have expanded access to millions of patients nationwide.

March 01, 2021

Third COVID-19 Vaccine Gains FDA Approval for Emergency Use

On Saturday, Johnson & Johnson became the third company to receive emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine, marking another public health milestone as vaccine supply continues to pose a substantial challenge across the country.

February 26, 2021

Senator Casey Outlines Proposal to Boost Medicaid Funding during Economic Crisis

During a media briefing today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) and U.S. Representative Susie Lee (D, NV) introduced legislation that would automatically link federal Medicaid aid to state unemployment levels—a move the lawmakers said would create a “quicker and more responsive” program that strengthens health care coverage during times of crisis.

February 25, 2021

PA House Hearing on Budget Focuses on COVID-19 Vaccine, Response

During a marathon budget hearing today, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam testified before the House Appropriations Committee, providing insight about Governor Wolf’s 2021–2022 state budget proposal for the Department of Health. While much of the hearing’s questioning focused on the commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Acting Secretary Beam also answered questions regarding maternal mortality and gun violence as a public health crisis, committing to improve the commonwealth’s current situation.

February 25, 2021

Former PA Health Secretary Testifies during Confirmation Hearing for HHS Post

During a U.S. Senate nomination hearing today, former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine, MD, touted her career in public health advocating for children, battling the opioid crisis, and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic as she begins the confirmation process to serve in a top role in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).