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March 04, 2021

PA DHS Identifies Priority Areas during Budget Hearing

Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) appeared before the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday to discuss the department’s 2021–2022 fiscal year budget and the vast network of services and programs the department oversees across Pennsylvania.

February 25, 2021

PA House Hearing on Budget Focuses on COVID-19 Vaccine, Response

During a marathon budget hearing today, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam testified before the House Appropriations Committee, providing insight about Governor Wolf’s 2021–2022 state budget proposal for the Department of Health. While much of the hearing’s questioning focused on the commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Acting Secretary Beam also answered questions regarding maternal mortality and gun violence as a public health crisis, committing to improve the commonwealth’s current situation.

February 24, 2021

AHA Report Highlights Financial Fallout from COVID-19

A report released today from the American Hospital Association (AHA) outlines the damaging financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on hospitals and the continued pressures they will face during 2021.

February 08, 2021

PA Hearing: Vaccine Shortage Continues to Pose Challenge

The COVID-19 vaccine supply shortage remains the largest obstacle slowing the pace of vaccination across the commonwealth, area hospital, community, and public health leaders told the House Democratic Policy Committee during a public hearing today.

February 05, 2021

Amended PA House Bill Calls for National Guard Plan

Today, the Pennsylvania House unanimously approved a measure allowing the Pennsylvania National Guard to assist with the distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine across the commonwealth. The bill, sponsored by Representative Tim O’Neal (R-Washington), now moves to the Senate for consideration. The vote comes a day after lawmakers amended the House bill, removing language mandating the Pennsylvania National Guard set up mass vaccination clinics in every Pennsylvania county.