Health Care Issues
3/15/2019
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Health Care Issues

This week, I attended a presentation conducted by the House Policy Committee about a nationally recognized program in York County that encourages people with potentially lengthy hospital stays to get the right care at the right time.

The Omega Bed Program allows WellSpan Health to lease beds from a local nursing home so that patients can continue their recovery while waiting for paperwork to be processed or other issues to be addressed. The innovative program also helps the health care system be more efficient in transitioning people without the proper supports at home to a place that can better address their chronic health care or shorter-time recovery needs.

Not only does the program save money on health care costs, but it helps get patients back on their feet to greater independence and a better quality of life.

This week, the House Health Committee, of which I am a member, also heard testimony about the difficulty in attracting doctors and other health care employees to Pennsylvania.

 Experts from across the state who testified said burdensome government regulations have contributed to “burnout” and pushed younger doctors and nurses to move out of state. They also discussed issues with finding qualified candidates to fill important roles, including nurses and technicians.

As the session continues, the House will look at ways we can remove these barriers and help improve training for these important health care positions.
 
 
Matching Jobs with the Right Training

The House focusing on jobs and careers for all Pennsylvanians, working to improve our workforce development and career and technical education (CTE) opportunities, and advancing policies to help transition people from minimum wage jobs to family-sustaining careers.

This week, a package of bills that will help us achieve these goals earned committee approval and will now advance to the full House for a vote.

Included are bills that would boost awareness of workforce needs and increase the flexibility for secondary CTE programs. Bills would also create a comprehensive online CTE resource center and coordinate a state-level career exploration and workforce development opportunities. Learn more about #GoodJobs4PA here.
 
 
My Legislation on the Move

Three related bills I am sponsoring that would make intergovernmental cooperation easier and more efficient, this week were passed unanimously by the House Local Government Committee. House Bills 510, 511 and 512 will next be considered by the full House.

My legislation would remove the requirement that a municipality enact an ordinance, permitting instead a municipal resolution, providing for a simpler, faster and cheaper process regarding cooperation among local governments.
 
 
How Did I Vote This Week?

Find out how I voted this week here. My goal is to be as open and transparent as possible about the votes I cast on legislation that is important to you.
 
 
Small Business Outreach Day on March 26

The Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will hold a Small Business Outreach Day on Tuesday, March 26, 9-11 a.m. at my district office in Waynesboro, located at 1402 E. Main St. The SBDC provides no-cost, confidential professional business consulting assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs planning to start a small business in Pennsylvania.

The SBDC is also partnering with the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce to provide the consulting service from noon to 2 p.m. on the same day at its office, located at 217 E. Baltimore St. in Greencastle.

If you would like to reserve a time to engage with SBDC staff at either location, please call 717-477-1935 or email Katie Neiderer at vkneiderer@ship.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome.
 
 
Report Potholes to PennDOT

With the thaw out of spring comes the growth of potholes. Extreme fluctuations in temperatures, coupled with an active snow season, can contribute to more potholes on our roads. You can report potholes by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD or by clicking here to file a report online.
 
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