Weekly Update: Sending Help to Houston, Calling for Universal Lead Level Testing, Joining Bipartisan Governors to Strengthen Health Insurance Markets
By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf
September 01, 2017
As the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey continued to spread in Gulf Coast, Governor Wolf announced Sunday that PA Task Force One would depart for Texas to assist in water rescue efforts. On Tuesday, the governor announced that members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard would also be departing for Texas to assist with communication efforts as the hurricane continued.
“Pennsylvania is ready and willing to offer any support needed for those affected by this historic natural disaster,” Governor Wolf said. “Our hearts go out to residents, law enforcement, responders, National Guard, PA Task Force 1 team members, and all others affected and involved.”
On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released its latest report on lead prevention in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf announced his support for universal blood-lead level testing for all children, under the age of two, in Pennsylvania and called on the Department of Health to work with the General Assembly and communities to draft legislation requiring the testing.
On Thursday, Governor Wolf joined a group of bipartisan governors to send a letter to Congressional leadership that detailed recommendations to strengthen health insurance markets.
“I am proud to again join bipartisan governors from across the country to help improve the health insurance system,” said Governor Wolf. “We must protect the gains we have made in Pennsylvania and many other states, but we all recognize that there are commonsense changes that can make the cost of care less expensive and more accessible. Instead of working to destabilize the health insurance system, Congress should work with governors to improve the system for all Americans.”
Governor Wolf’s Week, August 27, 2017 – September 2, 2017
- Pennsylvania Air National Guardsmen Depart for Texas
- Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians that Law to Increase Penalties for Endangering Children is Now in Effect
- Governor Wolf Calls for Universal Testing of Blood-Lead Levels in Children Statewide
- Governor Wolf Announces Stolen Valor Law Protecting Benefits for Service Members, Veterans Now in Effect
- Governor Wolf Encourages Travelers to Utilize Online Traffic Tool for Labor Day Travel Planning
- Governor Wolf’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Celebrates Reduction of Opioid Overprescribing in First Year
- Wolf, Bipartisan Group of Governors Release Plan to Strengthen Health Insurance Markets
Highlights from The Blog
- GUEST BLOG: National Recovery Month is a Time to Celebrate Our Shared Successes
- August Jobs That Pay Update: Supporting Start-Ups, Celebrating Expansion, Revitalizing Neighborhoods
Highlights from Twitter
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 27, 2017
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 28, 2017
Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf