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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 24, 2021

AHA Report Highlights Financial Fallout from COVID-19

A report released today from the American Hospital Association (AHA) outlines the damaging financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on hospitals and the continued pressures they will face during 2021.

February 11, 2021

CDC Study Highlights Protection from Mask-Wearing

A new report released this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted the importance of proper mask-wearing and evaluated two possible strategies to improve the fit of masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.