Weekly Update: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic, Expanding Apprenticeship Programs in PA, Helping Seniors Age at Home

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

December 01, 2017

Expanding access and working to protect Medicaid has been an important step in Governor Wolf’s work to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. On Tuesday, the governor traveled to Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia to highlight the successes made in the fight against opioid abuse in Pennsylvania.

Governor Wolf announced a new apprenticeship program this week through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The program will enable more Pennsylvania employers to develop the specialized training their workers need to close skills gaps in the workplace, while also providing rewarding career pathways for students and adults

The Wolf Administration has been working to help Pennsylvania’s seniors have more options to age in their homes. This week, the governor touted PA Link to Community Care and Community HealthChoices. These two initiatives to connect seniors to services and coordinated care in their communities.

Ensuring that Pennsylvanians continue to have access to affordable health care is a top priority for Governor Wolf and his administration. This week, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Aging announced that that they will be offering enrollment assistance for individuals eligible for Medicare, Affordable Care Act plans, and CHIP on Saturday, December 2. The assistance comes as the Trump administration has worked to cut back on health care enrollment.

“This year, the federal government shortened the ACA enrollment period, so my administration is doing all we can to make sure Pennsylvanians are informed and educated,” said Governor Wolf. “Time is running out – let us help you get the coverage you need.”

On Wednesday, Governor Wolf released a statement urging Congress to reauthorize the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with expired on September 30, 2017. Friday marked the 25th anniversary of CHIP in Pennsylvania and Governor Wolf’s administration marked the anniversary by hosting a press event to detail the progress and importance of the insurance program at the Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey.

“There are 178,000 children in Pennsylvania who receive necessary health care coverage thanks to CHIP, which for 25 years has been focused on helping children and families stay healthy,” Governor Wolf said. “Washington has spent months ignoring the need to reauthorize this program. That must stop now. CHIP receives consistent bi-partisan support and Congress needs to act now before states such as Pennsylvania run out of funding and children are left without care.”

On Thursday, Governor Wolf wrote to Pennsylvania’s United States Senators to warn of the $1.5 trillion deficit that would be created by the GOP’s tax bill. The deficit created by the bill would lead to cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security and would increase taxes on middle class families.

Governor Wolf’s Week, November 26, 2017 – December 2, 2017

Monday, 11/27/17
Tuesday, 11/28/17
Wednesday, 11/29/17
Thursday, 11/30/17
Friday, 12/1/17

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