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
- Governor Wolf: Congressional Leaders Complicit in Insurance Rate Increases
- Governor Wolf Calls on House to Approve ‘Overdue’ University Funding
- Governor Wolf Urges Passage of Legislation to Combat Health and Opioid Epidemic
- Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Federal Drug Diversion Policy Changes
- Governor Wolf Announces First Medical Marijuana Grower/Processor to Begin Production
- Governor Wolf to Award $4 Million in Grants for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs to Battle Addiction Epidemic
- Wolf Administration Awards $4 Million in Grants for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs to Battle Addiction Epidemic
- Governor’s Advisory Council Seeks to Fill Opening on Fish and Boat Commission
- Governor Wolf Tours Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge Rehabilitation Facility
- State Leaders Come Together in Effort to Attract Amazon HQ2 to Pennsylvania
- GO-TIME: Commonwealth Receives National, Statewide Recognition for Public Works Modernization, Process Improvement Efforts
- Governor Wolf’s Statement on House Finance Committee’s Shale Tax Approval
- Governor Wolf Names 13 New Members to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women
- Governor Wolf Announces Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 12 Counties
- Governor Wolf Joins Bipartisan Group of Governors Calling for Action on Bipartisan Health Insurance Market Stabilizing Agreement
- Governor Wolf Announces New Winter Travel Tool for Public, Administration Outlines Winter Preparations
- Governor Wolf Will Consolidate Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole Functions
- Governor Wolf Announces Department of Homeland Security Grants Pennsylvania REAL ID Enforcement Extension
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Highlights from Twitter
Good news, PA: Our medical marijuana program is moving forward and patients will have medication in 2018. https://t.co/bW3HZtfapD
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 17, 2017
We’re changing the way PA does business to make government more efficient & achieve real savings for taxpayers — we’ve saved $373M so far. pic.twitter.com/Teu9IJNpLS
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 15, 2017
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