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December 30, 2020

Wolf Administration Impresses Importance of Ongoing Mitigation Efforts and Vaccine Access for All Health Care and Emergency Workers

During a press conference today, the Wolf Administration reviewed the current status of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania and reinforced ongoing mitigation efforts, while confirming the time-limited order put into place on December 12 will expire on January 4. Officials also provided an update about progress in administering the COVID-19 vaccine and reinforced the priority of ensuring access to the COVID-19 vaccine for health care and emergency workers.

December 24, 2020

AHA Public Service Announcement Honors Health Care Workers

This week, the American Hospital Association (AHA) released a public service announcement (PSA) and social media campaign thanking health care workers for their resiliency and service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 23, 2020

Caution Urged for Winter Holiday Travel

As winter holiday celebrations continue this week, HAP urges residents across the commonwealth to stay safe and follow the public health precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19.

December 22, 2020

Congress Passes Year-End Package Including COVID-19 Relief, Hospital Priorities, and Surprise Balance Billing Policy

Late Monday night, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed a year-end legislative package that provides critical support for small businesses, workers, and health care providers suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic; offers important relief for hospitals; and addresses the issue of surprise medical bills. The legislation extends funding for the federal government through the end of the federal fiscal year, but additional relief will be necessary during 2021 to continue to support the state’s hospitals and health system.

December 22, 2020

Citing COVID-19, PA Extends License Renewal Deadline for Health Care Professionals

In an effort to support the health care workforce, the Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) announced today it is extending the license renewal deadline for health care professionals licensed under the State Board of Medicine for 90 days. The DOS also is extending emergency temporary licenses granted to out-of-state practitioners, and reactivated licenses for retired and inactive Pennsylvania-licensed practitioners.

December 15, 2020

Federal Policymakers Urged to Support Efforts to Manage Health Care Workforce Strain

As communities across the nation see increasing COVID-19 case counts, rising hospitalization rates, and suffer from the fatigue of battling the global pandemic, hospitals continue to look for new ways to address the strain on the health care workforce. In Washington, D.C., federal lawmakers are discussing several proposals to maximize the health care workforce through legislative action and regulatory policy. 

December 14, 2020

First Round of COVID-19 Vaccine Heads to PA Hospitals

On Friday, December 11, the Food and Drug Administration granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine’s  EUA marks a milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first results from Operation Warp Speed. Other vaccines—including Moderna’s—are completing clinical trials and anticipate similar approval during the coming weeks.