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High-Priority COVID-19 Legislation Introduced in Pennsylvania

August 07, 2020

Today, Pennsylvania State Representative Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) introduced HB 2779, the Retaining Health Care Innovations Act. This legislation seeks to extend the timeline for regulatory and administrative flexibilities for one year after the end of the Pennsylvania COVID-19 emergency declaration, while also directing the Joint State Government committee to make recommendations as to which waivers and flexibilities should remain permanent.

As noted in the legislation, regardless of when the emergency declaration ends, many of the waivers and administrative flexibilities in place will end abruptly—or, at best, there will be an unknown timeframe and patchwork process for phasing out these important tools.

The bi-partisan HAP-supported legislation will:

  • Maintain any waiver or administrative flexibility in place for the health care community for one year after the termination of the COVID-19 emergency declaration
  • Direct the Joint State Government Committee, with the assistance of an advisory committee representative from the health care community, to make recommendations related to which waivers and administrative flexibilities should permanently remain in place

The following lawmakers are co-sponsors of the bill: Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks), Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), James Struzzi (R-Indiana), Aaron Bernstine (R-Lawrence, Beaver, Butler), Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh), Michael Schlossberg (D-Lehigh), Seth Grove (R-York), Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland, Snyder), Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny), Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware, Chester), Steven Mentzer (R-Lancaster), Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny), Stan Saylor (R-York), Carol Hill-Evans (D-York), Rep. Roni Green (D-Philadelphia).

HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals will continue to partner with the Pennsylvania General Assembly on this priority legislation to ensure the bill moves swiftly through the legislature prior to the end of the legislative session. The last scheduled day of session for the Pennsylvania General Assembly is November 10, 2020.  

For more information, contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.



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