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April 22, 2021

PA Senate Hearings Provide Update on State Budget, Pandemic Response

Closing out this year’s lineup of state budget hearings, agency secretaries with the Department of Health, General Services, and the state Budget Office answered questions about Governor Wolf’s 2021–2022 state budget proposal and outlined their challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 19, 2021

Committee Moves Important Informed Consent Legislation

Today the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee took up Senate Bill 425, sponsored by Senator John Gordner (R-Columbia), which addresses workflow issues impacting patient care and the process of obtaining informed consent. These issues were brought about by a 2017 Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCare) Act, under the Shinal v Toms case, regarding a physician’s ability to delegate the duty to obtain the informed consent of a patient prior to specified procedures.

April 09, 2021

HAP Joins Legal Effort to Protect Fair Share Act

HAP has joined a coalition of advocates urging the full Pennsylvania Superior Court to rehear arguments in a case that could upend a decade of legal precedent and dramatically change how damages are paid in civil cases.

March 31, 2021

PA Expands COVID-19 Vaccination to All Adults by April 19

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced the next steps in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, allowing individuals in Phase 1B to start scheduling appointments next week and opening eligibility to all Pennsylvania adults by April 19.

March 04, 2021

HAP Opposes Mandatory PILOT Programs and Emphasizes Community Benefit during Philadelphia Hearing

This week, the Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Children and Youth held a public hearing about the potential role of the city’s nonprofit organizations in addressing the significant financial challenges facing the Philadelphia public school system. This hearing is the most recent action in an ongoing discussion about whether select nonprofit organizations should make Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT).