Kenney, Wolf offer funds to help keep hospitals open

Kenney, Wolf offer funds to help keep hospitals open

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) offered to cover $15 million of the debt accrued by Hahnemann hospital, according to a joint statement released Monday. They’re looking for matching funds from the federal government.
 
The Center City hospital is slated to close later this year, with owners claiming $300 million in debt, including $40 million to the city and state combined. The closure would cost over 2,500 jobs and create a major loss of coverage just north of City Hall.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Quickly passed bill creates jurisdiction controversy in Philadelphia

Quickly passed bill creates jurisdiction controversy in Philadelphia

Some citizens want to see legislatures pass bills with widespread partisan support in rapid fashion to target acknowledged problems. In the case of House Bill 1614, it might be a case of “be careful what you wish for.” 
 
The General Assembly passed a bill that offers “concurrent jurisdiction” in Philadelphia to address the rising gun violence problem in less than a month. Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) introduced the bill on June 11, received only one “nay” vote in both chambers, and was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on July 2.
Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
House members optimistic about “warm hand-off” bill

House members optimistic about “warm hand-off” bill

When the legislature returns to Harrisburg in September, there will be one bill awaiting a vote in the House Health and Human Services Committee that has earned bipartisan support and, according to its supporters, could do a lot to help those struggling with the cycle of opioid addiction. 

House Bill 424, introduced by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), creates guidelines for a warm hand-off program, allowing those treated for overdoses to find longer-term treatment faster and more efficiently. It also creates an Overdose Recovery Task Force.
Friday, July 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
House Democratic Policy Committee considers solutions for health disparities

House Democratic Policy Committee considers solutions for health disparities

Medical professionals told members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus that the quality of health care available to citizens often depends upon their income and zip code.
 
The joint hearing took place Wednesday afternoon in Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia. Located in the Olney section off North Broad, this hospital offers health care to many lower-income citizens and will likely see more with the closure of Hahnemann Hospital later this year.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Despite bond issuance, voting reforms still on hold

Despite bond issuance, voting reforms still on hold

Gov. Tom Wolf approved $90 million in bonds to help counties buy new voting machines Tuesday. This decision came days after he vetoed Senate Bill 48, which called for the funding along with some election reforms.
 
Introduced by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), the bill would have ended the option of the “straight party ticket” vote and the state’s closed primary elections. Pennsylvania remains one of seven states that allow voters to cast a whole ballot by pushing one button.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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