October 2, 2020 Press Releases

United States of Care Statement on Whole Person Health Reform in Pennsylvania

(Washington, DC) Today, Emily Barson, Executive Director of United States of Care, issued the following statement regarding Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed plan to address health care access and cost:

“Amid the worst public health crisis in 100 years, COVID-19 has laid bare the gaps in our health care system that require innovative solutions. Since March, Pennsylvania unemployment has remained above 10%, severing people from job-connected health insurance and leaving them with unknown out-of-pocket health care costs. Between March and April 2020, nearly 50,000 people enrolled in Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program, at a time that the state’s budget is under pressure. Sadly, though not surprisingly, people of color in Pennsylvania — which make up 19% of the population — account for a disproportionate number of deaths from COVID-19 (29%) and infections (34%).

The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the need for practical solutions that address both these immediate challenges and the long-term structural issues and gaps to ensure Pennsylvanians can access affordable high-quality health care moving forward. We applaud Governor Wolf and the General Assembly for making it a priority to lower health care costs and advance reforms that take into account a person’s whole health- physical, social, and financial. We look forward to seeing a Health Value Commission passed by the Assembly in 2021.

To read more about United States of Care’s COVID-19 state policy recommendations and resources click here.

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United States of Care is a nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring that every American has access to quality, affordable health care. It supports endorsing state-based policies, building resources to understand current and new ideas, and educating and mobilizing the public toward this mission.