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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: August 19, 2021 03:30 PM
From: Representative Donna Bullock and Rep. Stephen Kinsey
To: All House members
Subject: Making a Commitment to Health Equity
Health care is a basic human right. This fundamental truth is acknowledged by the World Health Organization and embraced by scores of nations – developed and lower income countries alike – that have built health systems devoted to providing equal access to quality health care for all citizens. These great foreign achievements cast a sad reminder that communities in Pennsylvania are not afforded the same rights and protections. This last year has made violently clear that our health system discriminates marginalized people and populations without access to care. As this catastrophic episode in our history continues to claim the lives of the undervalued and underpaid, we can no longer ignore nor delay righting this destructive state of affairs.

Repairing such a massive and complex problem as the glaring inequities in our health care involves making a long-term commitment to focus on establishing equal and fair access to quality health care for every Pennsylvanian. The Office of Health Equity within the Department of Health devotes itself to this duty, and I believe that establishing the office in statute will ensure our unending commitment to the health of every citizen.

Please join me in supporting this legislation to protect the health of all present and future Pennsylvanians. Thank you.

Introduced as HB1886