April 22, 2021
Closing out this year’s lineup of state budget hearings, agency secretaries with the Department of Health (DOH), General Services, and the state Budget Office answered questions about Governor Wolf’s 2021–2022 state budget proposal and outlined their challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This morning, Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee about the state’s public health strategy during the pandemic and the need to prepare Pennsylvania for future emergencies.
“Pennsylvania’s past of defunding public health should not be our future,” Acting Health Secretary Beam said.
Among the key items discussed during the DOH budget hearing:
During the afternoon hearing, Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Jen Swails and General Services Secretary Curt Topper answered questions from the Senate Appropriations Committee about the following topics:
Throughout the budget process, HAP will continue to advocate for additional resources to support Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems as they continue their lifesaving work during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. For more information, contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.
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