|Posted:||March 22, 2021 10:09 AM|
|From:||Representative Greg Rothman|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Health Care Heroes and Public Health Preparedness Act|
Please join me in co-sponsoring the Health Care Heroes and Public Health Preparedness Act. This Act will set aside $650 million from the $7.293 billion the state will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act, and these monies will be used by hospitals for our health care heroes, for behavioral health support for all Pennsylvanians and for public health infrastructure.
The funds would be used to:
Regardless of your view of the past year, we can all agree that this public health crisis has impacted every single issue we confront as lawmakers. For Pennsylvania’s hospital community, to call the past year a challenge is an understatement, but a challenge that they rose to meet head on.
Hospitals and their employees to this day shoulder a huge part of the burden in most of our communities for the response to the pandemic, and now the effort to vaccinate, and this has come with immeasurable pressure on that all important resource, our health care work force, but it has also exposed the need for critical dollars to sustain them.
Through the establishment of the Health Care Heroes and Public Health Preparedness Act, you will help change the trajectory of heath care in Pennsylvania. The Act will create a grant program to allow hospitals to apply for resources needed to continue to respond to the health crisis, generate economic activity, and prepare for future public health challenges. The Act will require:
Introduced as HB1359