Wolf to PA Congressmen: Reject Health Care Plan That Hurts Our Constituents, Especially Seniors

first_img Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today wrote to five Pennsylvania Congressmen on two key U.S. House committees to formally ask them to reject the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which the administration’s analysis says would cause serious harm to Pennsylvania seniors, individuals with disabilities, and populations with both Medicaid and private insurance. Governor Wolf requested each Congressman to both vote ‘no’ and ensure a more open and transparent process.The letters were sent to Representatives Tim Murphy, Ryan Costello, and Mike Doyle on the Energy and Commerce Committee and Representatives Pat Meehan and Mike Kelly on the Ways and Means Committee. Each letter details the broad impact to all of Pennsylvania and specific numbers of constituents in their districts.“For seven years, Republicans in Washington criticized the Obama Administration for rushing Obamacare through without the appropriate public vetting and yet Americans are being given less than seven days to fully understand the implications of this legislation on their health and households,” Governor Wolf said. “The legislation, as it stands today, would disrupt health care access and coverage for millions of Pennsylvanians.”“Currently there are more than 2.8 million Pennsylvanians enrolled in Medicaid, more than 700,000 of whom have only recently been able to access Medicaid through the expansion that I put in place immediately upon becoming Governor in 2015.”Governor Wolf took particular concern with the impact on older Pennsylvanians, particularly those between the ages of 50 to 64. This bill would allow insurance companies to charge these seniors five times more than others and would drastically cut subsidies for seniors, especially those with fixed or low incomes and in rural areas.“Seniors represent one of the fastest growing populations in Pennsylvania and shifting the burden of expensive health care costs on to them to offset costs for the rest of us is unfair and disingenuous,” Governor Wolf said. “These are individuals who have lived and worked in our communities, sometimes for their entire lives, and they will suddenly be at the mercy of health insurance companies who will no longer be restricted from charging them higher premiums than the rest of us.”Both the AARP and American Hospital Association have come out against the AHCA, specifically due to its negative impact on older Americans. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, subsides for the average 60 year old Pennsylvanian would be reduced in all 67 counties for those with incomes of $30,000 or less. The vast majority of subsidies for this same population making $40,000 or less would also be reduced. For example, a 60 year old in Berks, Adams, or York County with an annual income of $20,000 would see their health care assistance cut by more than $11,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.Click here to read the full text of one of the letters sent today. Wolf to PA Congressmen: Reject Health Care Plan That Hurts Our Constituents, Especially Seniors SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img March 08, 2017last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Celebrates Success of PhilaPort Investments at Vehicle Processing Center Ribbon Cutting

first_img October 29, 2019 Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined state and local leaders in celebration of Philadelphia’s first new port terminal in more than 45 years during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Southport Auto Terminal.“The new vehicle processing center is just one step in my Port Development Plan, which is generating long-lasting economic growth in southeastern Pennsylvania by making Philadelphia the best place to ship and receive goods on the East Coast,” said Gov. Wolf. “This terminal alone will stimulate an estimated $124 million in economic activity, as well as create as many as 2,500 good, family-sustaining jobs.”Four years ago, Gov. Wolf released his Port Development Plan, which outlined a strategy to redevelop underutilized areas of PhilaPort with more than $300 million in investments. Since then, five new super post-Panamax cranes have been installed and the port’s container capacity has been doubled, allowing PhilaPort to set a record for its highest ever monthly total cargo tonnage. Also underway is an overhaul of Tioga Marine Terminal, which includes the construction of a 100,000 square foot on-dock warehouse.Southport Auto Terminal increases PhilaPort’s daily auto processing capability from 600 to 1,000 vehicles, with space for 350,000 autos per year. The 155-acre site was raised above the 100-year flood plain using fill, and features two car washes, heated floors, a state-of-the-art body shop and access to rail lines serviced by multiple rail carriers. Vehicle manufacturers Hyundai and Kia currently process vehicles at the port through facilities operator Glovis America, Inc. Gov. Wolf Celebrates Success of PhilaPort Investments at Vehicle Processing Center Ribbon Cuttingcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more