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PHAN Statement on Newly Announced Safety Measures

December 10, 2020

Today, Governor Wolf announced new statewide safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Antoinette Kraus, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, released the following statement in response:

“In the midst of an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases across Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth has now reached a point when difficult decisions must be made in order to prevent further loss of lives and a catastrophic situation in our hospitals.

PHAN strongly supports Governor Wolf’s decision to impose new safety measures that will slow the spread of the virus and save the lives of countless Pennsylvanians. Governor Wolf’s decisive actions today will also reduce the strain on hospitals and healthcare workers, many of whom are already at their breaking point as a result of the COVID-19 surge.

Governor Wolf’s actions are critical, but Pennsylvanians also need support from Congress. The pandemic has already devastated families throughout our state, many of whom have lost income, health insurance, and are struggling to pay for rent, food, and utilities. Despite the overwhelming need and the upcoming expiration of programs established by the CARES Act, Congress has thus far failed to pass a desperately needed relief package. Already-strained Pennsylvania families and businesses need relief; Congress must act to provide relief without delay.”