|Posted:||April 23, 2021 09:53 AM|
|From:||Senator Camera Bartolotta|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Health Care Heroes & Public Health Preparedness Act|
|In the near future, I will introduce the Health Care Heroes and Public Health Preparedness Act, which 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.
Hospitals and their employees have shouldered a huge part of the burden in our communities for the response to the pandemic, and now we turn to them as central to the vaccination effort. This has come with immeasurable pressure on our most important resource, our health care work force, but it has also exposed the need for critical investments to ensure access to care in every corner of the Commonwealth is protected.
In an effort to support the hospital community, the Health Care Heroes and Public Health Preparedness Act would set aside $650 million from the over $7 billion the state will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act. These monies would be used by hospitals to support the health care workforce, make investments in behavioral health for all Pennsylvanians, and strengthen our public health infrastructure.
The Health Care Heroes and Public Health Preparedness Act would establish a grant program accessible to hospitals that can:
Introduced as SB642