$50 Million Being Made Available For Health Care In PA

Gov. Wolf made the announcement Thursday

Andrew Limberg
March 26, 2020 - 2:07 pm
Governor Tom Wolf talking about COVID-19

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Announced Thursday that $50 million will be spent in transferred state funding to buy medical equipment and other supplies for hospitals, nursing homes and emergency workers to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the commonwealth.

“We need more beds, more ventilators, more personal protective equipment, and so much more and we need it as soon as possible because the virus is here,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am working to get this funding moving as quickly as I can. We need to do everything we can to support our front-line medical workers to protect them and ensure they have the equipment to care for patients. This funding is a step in the right direction.”

The money will be put into a restricted about under jurisdiction of Gov. Wolf and will be used if there are lack of funds from the disaster proclamation, ”  “to buy medical equipment and supplies for health care entities to meet urgent patient and staff needs to address surge demand. Health care entities include hospitals, nursing facilities and emergency medical services” according to the legislation - House Bill 1232.”

Wolf is expected to sign the bill on Friday.

“As this crisis has evolved, our members have heard consistently from workers in need, parents and students with a lack of direction and the healthcare community concerned about a surge in patients,” said House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler. “I hope every resident of our state sees the actions we took to help all of those groups this week and knows their government is working to make sure we will get through this crisis together.”

“Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate convened remotely for the first time ever to address our constituents' needs through this crisis,” Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa said. “Getting resources to our medical professionals is a top priority in this fight against COVID-19, and I'm glad we were able to work quickly in a bipartisan and bicameral way to allocate $50 million toward procuring those supplies.”

“The legislation allowing this use of funding was one of our top priorities this week. Legislators in both parties pulled together to pass it,” said House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “Pennsylvania’s heroic medical workers are in the thick of a life-and-death battle and we have to make sure they have the tools to carry on the fight for everyone’s good.”

 

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