|May 26, 2021 09:41 AM
|Representative Tracy Pennycuick and Rep. Frank A. Farry, Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, Rep. Francis X. Ryan, Rep. F. Todd Polinchock
|All House members
|Establishing the Task Force on Women Veterans' Health Care (Former HR 348)
In the near future, we will be reintroducing legislation to establish the Task Force on Women Veterans’ Health Care in the Commonwealth. This concurrent resolution is part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health, a comprehensive proposal to address the real health issues affecting Pennsylvania women veterans today. It is our sincere hope you will join us in this effort.
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the total veteran population nationwide is an estimated 21 million, with women veterans making up 9 percent of that total. In Pennsylvania alone there are nearly 45,000 women veterans. By 2045 it is estimated that women will make up approximately 18 percent of the total veterans’ population. While the proportion of women veterans to male veterans continues to increase, the unique health needs of women can be overlooked in providing services to a large, and predominantly male, veteran population.
Our legislation will establish the Task Force on Women Veterans’ Health Care in Pennsylvania. The overall goal of this Task Force will be to study the health issues facing women veterans and make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly. The 18-member Task Force will be composed of various individuals, including four women veterans who are Commonwealth residents, representatives from the health care provider community, advocates, and various state agency secretaries.
This legislation is a crucial step in ensuring our state continues to honor our commitment to provide for our brave residents that risk everything for the service of this Commonwealth and country.
We invite all members to cosponsor this crucial legislation, thank you.
Introduced as HR129