Governor Wolf Joins Pennsylvania Nurses in Asking PA Delegation to Prioritize Quality, Affordable Healthcare

February 14, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, which represents more than 217,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania congressional delegation outlining principles that must be included in any changes to the healthcare system.

You can read the full letter here.

Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association released the following joint statement:

“Nurses are on the frontlines of our healthcare system and they know the devastating impact a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without an immediate and carefully-considered replacement could have on millions of Americans. The ACA has allowed for Medicaid expansion to provide more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians with access to health insurance. It has also made life-saving treatments available to nearly 124,000 Pennsylvanians who suffer from substance abuse.

“More than one million hardworking Pennsylvanians will be left in limbo without a proper replacement for the ACA. In turn, these individuals may not be able to carry insurance. This will impact already-strained emergency rooms, as well as exacerbate our nation’s nursing shortage and understaffed hospitals. Amidst the opioid epidemic, thousands of citizens will lose access to treatment because they cannot afford out-of-pocket costs. Indeed, Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations will suffer from service cuts with the erosion of federal funding to Medicaid.

“Our healthcare system must ensure universal access to a standard package of essential healthcare services for all citizens and residents and optimize primary, community-based, and preventive services while supporting the cost-effective use of innovative, technology-driven, acute, hospital-based services. It must encourage mechanisms to stimulate economic use of healthcare services while supporting those who do not have the means to share costs and ensure a sufficient supply of skilled workforce dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare services.”

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