Capitol Quick Hits for 5.17.16

Author: Alanna Koll/Tuesday, May 17, 2016/Categories: Event Central

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  •  Legislators and advocates of the PA Sickle Cell Providers Network met at the Capitol today to rally for additional funding for this disease. Representatives Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny), Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) and Steve Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) were in attendance.
  • This afternoon supporters of the Keystone State Games (KSG), along with the Department of Health (DOH), gathered in the East Wing Rotunda to host a Hall of Fame induction ceremony and to discuss the importance of physical activity throughout life.
  • Nearly 350 providers on in-home care to seniors, adults with disabilities and children with complex medical conditions converged in the Main Rotunda to call for equal funding. Wearing large, gold keys around their necks to symbolize opening the door to care at home, providers and legislators discussed how important it is for all Pennsylvanians to have the right to choose in-home care.
  • The Pennsylvania Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education (PA-HOPE) Caucus held its first meeting today. Co-Chairman Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) emphasized that opioid and heroin abuse is at crisis levels in the state. “A lot of times everyone is trying to address it from silos individually but there’s no magic wand that’s out there it’s a host of things we have to address and I don’t want to assume we have all the answers.”
  • The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) held a press conference in the Main Rotunda to release its 2015-16 Annual Report: Loans that Change Lives.