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Governor Wolf Signs Waivers and Flexibilities Extension into Law

September 30, 2021

Today, Governor Wolf announced his signing of House Bill 1861 to preserve critical waivers and flexibilities for the health care community through March 2022.

The legislation protects patient access to telehealth, vaccines at pharmacies, and other critical provisions that have supported the hospital response to the pandemic. These regulatory waivers were set to expire September 30.

In addition, Governor Wolf also signed into law House Bill 1774, extending Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program through 2028.

“These are important changes that will help us continue our work to protect public health in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said in a statement. “Following the expiration of the disaster declarations for the opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m pleased that we were able to come together to keep these important public health measures working on behalf of Pennsylvanians.”

HAP applauds the General Assembly and Governor Wolf for protecting these critical public health measures to support our hospital community. HAP continues to advocate on behalf of Pennsylvania’s hospitals as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the opioid crisis.

For more information, contact Heather Tyler, vice president, state legislative advocacy.