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Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration

August 04, 2021

Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration

Governor Tom Wolf today signed the 15th renewal of the Opioid Disaster Declaration and requested the General Assembly to reconvene to extend the declaration by August 26.

The most recent extension will last 21 days, but requires approval from the General Assembly to extend the declaration beyond the 21-day period.

The extension follows a letter from Governor Wolf last week asking Senate and House leadership to consider meeting during August to extend the declaration. In the letter, Governor Wolf said failing to extend the declaration would limit the Department of Health’s ability to share additional information for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and to respond to the opioid crisis.

During the 2021 primary election, Pennsylvania voters approved a state constitutional amendment that requires a vote from the General Assembly to extend the emergency declaration period beyond 21 days.

HAP will continue to monitor the extension of the disaster declaration and provide updates to members. HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals are dedicated to addressing the opioid crisis throughout the commonwealth.

For more information, contact Jennifer Jordan, vice president, regulatory advocacy, or Warren Kampf, senior vice president, advocacy and external affairs.