Harrisburg, PA (January 26, 2022) – The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) commends the bipartisan plan by the General Assembly and Governor Tom Wolf to support health care professionals who have been on the front lines of caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. HAP President and CEO Andy Carter released the following statement:
“HAP and Pennsylvania’s health care community thank House and Senate leaders of both parties and Governor Tom Wolf for working together to deliver critical support to the health care heroes who have been caring for our loved ones throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
After two years on the front lines, health care professionals are exhausted. Many are leaving their jobs due to burnout. There was an industry-wide health care staffing shortage before the pandemic, which has now become a crisis that threatens to affect patient care.
House Bill 253 will support health care professionals immediately and begin to address some long-term challenges of the staffing crisis. This investment in our health care heroes will help Pennsylvania’s health care system provide high-quality care now and in the future.”
Background: A national health care staffing crisis has compounded the strain that Pennsylvania hospital teams are experiencing as they treat an influx of patients due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the flu and other seasonal illnesses, and an influx of patients requiring more intensive care due to care being delayed earlier in the pandemic.
House Bill 253 authorizes $225 million in state relief to support health care professionals and strengthen the health care workforce through recruitment and retention initiatives, as well as student loan forgiveness.
Tags: Workforce | State Advocacy | COVID-19
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