Weekly Update: Supporting Bipartisan Health Care Reform, Urging Vote on Widely Supported Shale Tax and Funding for State-Related Universities, Combating the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf

October 20, 2017

On Monday, Governor Wolf expressed his concern that Congressional leaders were complicit in insurance rate increases stemming from the Trump Administration’s decision to not continue cost-sharing reduction payments, a move that would negatively impact middle-class families, seniors, and individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Governor Wolf joined bipartisan governors from across the county to call on Congressional leadership to act on stabilizing the health insurance market by bringing the bipartisan Alexander-Murray legislation to a vote in the U.S. House and Senate.

“This legislation would help make insurance more affordable for families, seniors, entrepreneurs, and people seeking substance use treatment,” Governor Wolf said. “I continue to be proud of the work bipartisan governors have done – collaborating across the aisle – to ensure our constituents can continue to access the diverse and affordable insurance options on the individual market.”

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania House Finance Committee approved a shale tax. Governor Wolf released a statement urging House leadership to bring the severance tax to a vote, calling the tax a “fair and commonsense proposal that will address our structural budget deficit.” The governor also called on the House to approve the funding for state-related universities that was already approved by the Senate in July.

Continuing to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic is a top priority for Governor Wolf and his administration. On Monday, the governor called on the legislature to consider a set of bills aimed to continue the fight against the epidemic. The bills would limit over-prescribing, further regulate recovery homes, require opioid education in schools, and provide a path to required treatment.

On Tuesday, the governor and members of his administration announced four $1 million dollar grants to be awarded to health organizations to build medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from addiction.

Later in the week, Governor Wolf toured the Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge recovery program and congratulated the facility on its CARF accreditation. The governor traveled to Pittsburgh on Friday to announce an additional 60,000 kits of the live saving overdose reversal drug naloxone would be available to first responders statewide.

Governor Wolf’s Week, October 15 – October 21, 2017

Monday, 10/16/17
Tuesday, 10/17/17
Wednesday, 10/18/17
Thursday, 10/19/17
Friday, 10/20/17

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