Weekly Update: Announcing Aid for Hurricane Irma Recovery, Fighting to Keep Pennsylvanians Insured, Working to Protect the Delaware River Basin

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

September 15, 2017

On Monday, Governor Wolf announced that members of Pennsylvania’s Incident Management Team left for Florida to help with storm cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Irma. “The men and women who left Harrisburg today represent the spirit that unites all Americans, one that motivates us to help one another,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania stands ready to provide whatever aid we can to people impacted by this storm.”

On Wednesday, the governor announced that the number of uninsured Pennsylvania has decreased to 5.6 percent, the lowest percent on record. Before the Affordable Care Act and Governor Wolf’s expansion of Medicaid, the uninsured rate in Pennsylvania was more than 10 percent.

On Thursday, Governor Wolf released a statement on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s proposed extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The governor applauded the committee’s decision to expand the program for another five years, but reiterated the need for Congress to stabilize insurance markets.

This week, Governor Wolf worked with Governor Carney of Delaware and Governor Cuomo of New York to announce a resolution to draft regulations that would ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin.

“We are acting to protect a watershed that supplies drinking water to more than 15 million people in one of the most densely populated areas of the country,” said Governor Wolf. “I believe this resolution preserves water quality and water supply for the residents of the watershed, and will protect this precious resource for generations to come.”

Governor Wolf’s Week, September 10, 2017 – September 16, 2017

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Wednesday, 9/13/17
Thursday, 9/14/17

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