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April 22, 2021

PA Senate Hearings Provide Update on State Budget, Pandemic Response

Closing out this year’s lineup of state budget hearings, agency secretaries with the Department of Health, 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.

April 19, 2021

Committee Moves Important Informed Consent Legislation

Today the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee took up Senate Bill 425, sponsored by Senator John Gordner (R-Columbia), which addresses workflow issues impacting patient care and the process of obtaining informed consent. These issues were brought about by a 2017 Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCare) Act, under the Shinal v Toms case, regarding a physician’s ability to delegate the duty to obtain the informed consent of a patient prior to specified procedures.

April 09, 2021

HAP Joins Legal Effort to Protect Fair Share Act

HAP has joined a coalition of advocates urging the full Pennsylvania Superior Court to rehear arguments in a case that could upend a decade of legal precedent and dramatically change how damages are paid in civil cases.

March 31, 2021

PA Expands COVID-19 Vaccination to All Adults by April 19

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced the next steps in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, allowing individuals in Phase 1B to start scheduling appointments next week and opening eligibility to all Pennsylvania adults by April 19.

March 31, 2021

HAP Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expansion Timeline

Today, Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam announced Department of Health’s roadmap for expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. The timeline includes a phased approach to opening by April 19 eligibility to all Pennsylvanians aged 16 or older. Following the announcement, Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) released a statement.