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May 14, 2021

Washington Health System, Lawmakers Discuss Path Forward for Post-COVID-19 Health Care

Every hospital and health system has had its own experience with COVID-19, and their paths forward are as diverse as the communities they serve. One thing, however, remains the same across the state: Pennsylvania’s hospital community must remain strong. Today, lawmakers and leaders from Washington Health System (WHS) outlined how the Health Care Heroes and Public Health Preparedness (PA Heroes) Act could improve the public health infrastructure, health care workforce, and access to behavioral health care.

May 06, 2021

New Proposal Would Fund Innovative Programs to Bolster Post-pandemic Health Care

During a press conference today, lawmakers and members of the Pennsylvania hospital community unveiled the Health Care Heroes and Public Health Preparedness Act, a measure that would set aside $650 million of Pennsylvania’s share of the federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to support grants for the hospital community to restore the commonwealth’s health care workforce, strengthen public health infrastructures, and improve access to care—especially behavioral health care.

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.