Governor Wolf Addresses Elder Access to Justice Conference, Warns of the AHCA’s Damaging Effects on Seniors

June 16, 2017

Blue Bell, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf offered remarks at the fifth annual Elder Access to Justice Roundtable Conference in Blue Bell, highlighting his administration’s efforts to protect seniors and focusing on the harmful effects of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

“One of the most important jobs of government is protecting the benefits and financial security of older Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Wolf said. “The American Health Care Act is an especially harmful and damaging piece of legislation that targets services and populations that need health care the most, including Pennsylvania’s seniors.”

Numerous national senior and medical organizations oppose the AHCA, including the AARP, the American Medical Association, and the American Hospital Association.

“The AHCA guts protections and services that Pennsylvania seniors rely on to get quality, affordable care,” Governor Wolf said. “Make no mistake, under this proposal, seniors lose coverage, the ability to make their own choices, and they lose money.

“Earlier this week I joined Senator Bob Casey to oppose the devastating impacts this plan would have on Pennsylvanians. And I pledge to continue to fight against this misguided legislation, and to stand up for older Pennsylvanians.”

The Elder Access to Justice Conference was created to bring together diverse representatives of the community to raise awareness, and to prevent, identify and address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation by enhancing communication, identifying systemic problems, sponsoring training, and improving access to justice in Montgomery County.

Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne was keynote speaker. More than 150 attorneys, representatives of senior stakeholder groups, including SeniorLAW Center and Community Legal Services, Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services, and clinical and social workers attended the conference, held at Montgomery County Community College.

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