Governor Wolf Sworn in to Second Term with New Lieutenant Governor Fetterman
January 15, 2019
Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) was sworn in for his second term as the commonwealth’s top executive. In a change from Wolf’s first term, former Braddock Mayor John Fetterman (D) was installed as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor, replacing former Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack (D).
During the gubernatorial swearing-in ceremony, Wolf used his inaugural address to reflect upon his first term in office and laid out his priorities for his second. He emphasized job creation, public school funding, improving the state’s finances, reducing legislative gridlock, and improving the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvanians.
Wolf highlighted several issues that intersect with the hospital community, including Pennsylvania’s successful efforts to expand access to health insurance coverage through Medicaid (expanding access to more than 720,000 individuals) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (expanding access to 180,000 individuals). He also applauded the work of Pennsylvania’s universities and teaching hospitals where, he said, “innovation is happening every day.”
Additionally, Wolf highlighted his administration’s work to address the opioid crisis which, he said, “has taken so much from so many families” in Pennsylvania.
In a statement, Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), offered HAP’s and the hospital community’s congratulations and well wishes to the administration. He said:
“State government and the hospital community have achieved and will continue to achieve great things together. Through our collaborative work to stabilize health care access in rural Pennsylvania, address food and housing insecurity, improve emergency preparedness, and improve access to behavioral health services, we know there are many critical priorities that unite us.
“In the absence of a public hospital system, our hospitals are open 24/7/365 to treat every patient who walks through their doors—regardless of their ability to pay for the care they receive. And, as hospitals strive to improve the overall health and wellness of Pennsylvanians—and help them stay out of the hospital altogether—the longstanding partnership between the commonwealth and hospital community is even more imperative.
“We are both in the business of improving the health of Pennsylvanians. We look forward to continuing our partnership with this administration to create a healthier Pennsylvania.”
During its December 20, 2018 meeting, HAP’s Board of Directors approved the new state and federal legislative advocacy agenda, which outlines the hospital community’s policy priorities. HAP will work with Governor Wolf’s administration and state lawmakers to advocate for a health care system and workforce that meet the changing needs of Pennsylvania’s patients and helps them receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
For more information, contact Stephanie Watkins, vice president, state legislative advocacy.