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November 12, 2020

House Committee Holds Informational meeting on Review of the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program

In Harrisburg today, the House Committee on Aging and Older Adult Services held an informational hearing on the effectiveness of the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program (RRHCP). Chaired by Representative Gary Day (R-Lehigh), the committee which oversees policy concerning the aging population heard testimony from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, hospitals and health systems representing the Southwest and Northeast regional RRHCPs, and organizations representing long term care facilities.

November 11, 2020

HAP Thanks Veterans for Their Service

Pennsylvania is home to 840,000 veterans, the fourth-largest veteran population in the nation. HAP thanks these men and women for their service and sacrifices to protect our freedom and way of life. The association and its members also recognize that, as a result of these sacrifices, our veterans and their families sometimes need additional life supports, including help for health care challenges

November 10, 2020

Pennsylvania House Republican Leadership Team Elected

In Harrisburg today, Pennsylvania House Republicans held internal elections to determine who will lead their caucus during the 2021-2022 legislative session. While most of the leadership team will remain familiar, there were two changes with Representative Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland) taking on the role of Caucus Chair and, new to leadership, Representative Martina White (R-White) will serve as Caucus Secretary.

November 09, 2020

National Training Collaborative Launched to Support Frontline Workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the American Hospital Association and others, has launched Project Firstline, a national training collaborative to ensure that frontline health care workers are aware of COVID-19 infection control best practices in order to protect themselves and their loved ones.

November 06, 2020

Federal Health IT Strategic Plan Released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Information Technology last week released the final 2020–2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan. This plan serves as a roadmap for initiatives to advance interoperability and further promote the use of electronic health information.

November 05, 2020

National Issues that Brought Voters to the Polls

Americans voted in record numbers for this week’s election, with more than one hundred million early votes ahead of the election, and 35 million Americans going to the polls to vote in person. What issues incited such a large turnout among voters this year? 

November 04, 2020

Governor Wolf’s Press Conference: Be Patient Until All Results are Counted

Today, Governor Wolf held a press conference about the General Election, elaborating about the delay in counting mail-in ballots, adding that Pennsylvania may not know the final tally of votes today, but will ensure that all ballots are counted to guarantee a fair election in the state.

November 03, 2020

National Family Caregivers Month Celebrates Those Who Give to Others

Family caregivers provide a vital lifeline of connection and hope to loved ones during challenging and unpredictable days. National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers around the country, and is spearheaded by the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a nonprofit organization that provides free education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers.

November 02, 2020

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on ACA

On November 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a legal suit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including protections for pre-existing medical conditions, no out-of-pocket costs for certain preventative screenings, and the ability for students to be covered under their parent’s health plan until 26.