Weekly Update: Protecting Health care, Creating Jobs, and Equipping Students for Success

May 21, 2018

Medical Marijuana
Governor Wolf announced last Monday that the Department of Health has approved eight universities as Certified Academic Clinical Research Centers in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program. The eight universities include:

  • Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia;
  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia;
  • Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey;
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia;
  • Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia;
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh;
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Erie; and
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia.

Health care
On Thursday, Governor Wolf reiterated his commitment to save Medicaid for Pennsylvanians as news broke suggesting Washington, D.C. Republicans are plotting another effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid.

“For the last year and a half, I have worked with bipartisan governors to stop Washington from dismantling the Affordable Care Act, undoing consumer protections for pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps, and making deep and devastating cuts to Medicaid that would hurt seniors and people with disabilities,” said Governor Wolf.

“Medicaid expansion is working in Pennsylvania: our uninsured rate is at its lowest point in modern history and hospitals are saving hundreds of millions of dollars now that 720,000 more people have insurance.”

The governor also spoke out against the White House’s plan to implement a “gag rule” on Friday, which would prevent doctors from discussing legal medical procedures – such as birth control and preventive care – with their doctors.

Jobs that Pay
Governor Wolf continued his commitment to create good paying sustainable jobs when he announced that Spartan Motors, Inc. will create nearly 200 jobs at its truck body manufacturing facility in Ephrata, Lancaster county.

“Spartan’s decision to expand right here in Pennsylvania demonstrates the strength of our manufacturing sector, which has been a top priority of this administration since day one,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud Spartan for expanding its Ephrata facility, which will provide a significant boost to the Lancaster-area economy and provide hundreds of manufacturing jobs for workers in the years to come. This is a big win for the region.”

School Breakfast
On Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced the first round of grants to help 200 schools make breakfast available for children had been awarded. First Lady Frances Wolf joined the Department of Education at Lawnton Elementary School to celebrate this announce and to reiterate that this has been a priority for the governor since day one.

“Ask any teacher and they’ll tell you that food is a basic school supply, just like textbooks and pencils. When kids struggle with hunger, it’s harder for them to learn,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “This important funding will go to the schools and the students who need it most to ensure they have a healthy, consistent start to their day.”

Governor Wolf’s Week, May 13–19, 2018

Monday, 5/14/18

Tuesday, 5/15/18

Wednesday, 5/16/18

Thursday, 5/17/18

Friday, 5/18/18

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