Weekly Update: Protecting Healthcare for Pennsylvanians, Investing in Education, Supporting PA Veterans

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

December 15, 2017

On Friday, Governor Wolf was joined by legislators, cabinet officials, health care providers and families at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to sign legislation to protect children’s health care in Pennsylvania. The governor praised the passing the legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at the state level and continued to urge Congress to do its part in ensuring funding for the program. On Tuesday, Governor Wolf had joined bipartisan governors in sending a letter to Congress asking them to reauthorize CHIP to avoid disruption to vital health services for children and pregnant women.

It is a top priority of Governor Wolf to ensure that all Pennsylvanians maintain access to the health care options that are decided to be best for them. On Monday, Governor Wolf joined elected officials and women’s health advocates to rally against Senate Bill 3, the anti-choice legislation that would severely limit women’s reproductive rights. In a statement, the governor declared the bill to be an assault on doctor-patient relationships and vowed to veto.

Governor Wolf and his administration remain committed to helping consumers understand their health insurance options and helping them to enroll in coverage. Governor Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that Friday, December 15 is the last day to enroll for 2018 individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The Wolf Administration has made historic investments in education. On Tuesday, the governor touted the importance of continuing these investments and joined the National Math and Science Initiative to recognize the impressive academic gains made by several Pennsylvania schools. Governor Wolf also announced a $1.4 million grant to increase the quality of early childhood learning.

Supporting Pennsylvania’s veterans and their families is important to Governor Wolf. The governor traveled to the Southeastern Veterans’ Center on Thursday for a holiday visit with residents, members of their families, and staff.

“No matter how busy the holiday season gets, it is important to carve out time to celebrate with the veterans who have made it possible for us to celebrate,” said Governor Wolf. “It is also important to remember our service members who are currently serving abroad or stateside, and who are unable to be home with their families.”

Earlier in the week, the governor announced that the Veteran’ Trust Fund (VTF) is accepting grant applications for programs and services the will benefit veterans in the Commonwealth. Governor Wolf also announced that 205 new jobs for veterans and military families would be coming to the City of Erie through the expansion of Disabled Veterans Solutions.

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

Monday, 12/11/17
Tuesday, 12/12/17
Wednesday, 12/13/17
Thursday, 12/14/17
Friday, 12/15/17

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