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Governor Shapiro’s 2024-2025 Health Budget: Fact-Based Insights and Priorities for PA

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Good afternoon, Chairman Harris, Chairman Grove, and members of the House Appropriations Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss Governor Shapiro’s proposed 2024-2025 Fiscal Year budget for the Department of Health. Present with me today are Executive Deputy Secretary Kristen Rodack, Chief Financial Officer Andrea Race, and Deputy Secretary for Administration Danielle Pierre.

Governor Shapiro’s budget aims to support the Department’s mission of ensuring all Pennsylvanians can lead healthy lives, prevent injury and disease, and access safe, quality healthcare. Notable achievements from the past year include additional investments in public health infrastructure and workforce, updates to Long-term Care Nursing Facility regulations, the creation of the Division of Maternal Health Services, and the procurement and distribution of life-saving supplies by the Office of Drug Surveillance and Misuse Prevention.

Improvements in Maternal Health

As a pediatrician and mother, prioritizing the health of Pennsylvania’s children and families is crucial. The proposed budget allocates $5 million in maternal health funding to prevent maternal deaths and complications, enhance maternal health education, improve prenatal care, address disparities in maternal care, and strengthen support systems.

Care for Older Pennsylvanians

The budget allocates $10 million to support the Long-Term Care Transformation Office, focusing on workforce resiliency, infection prevention and control, emergency preparedness, and sustainable outbreak response operations in long-term care facilities. Additional funding is proposed to improve responses to complaints about resident care in nursing facilities, ensuring high standards for all residents requiring higher levels of care.

Reducing Medical Debt Burden

To address the impact of medical debt, the budget proposes allocating $4 million to alleviate the financial burden on Pennsylvanians, particularly low-income and rural communities, by reducing medical debt carried over to collection agencies.

Support for First Responders

Acknowledging the importance of emergency medical services (EMS) professionals and firefighters, the budget supports investments in grants for equipment, facility upgrades, training, and recruitment to enhance their capabilities.

Student Health Care

Governor Shapiro recommends a historic investment in student health, particularly addressing the issue of menstrual hygiene product access. The proposal aims to ensure all students have access to necessary hygiene products, reducing instances of missed classes or school due to unavailability.

In conclusion, I look forward to collaborating with the committee to implement this budget proposal, contributing to the well-being of all Pennsylvanians. Thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Governor’s proposed budget for the Department of Health, and I am available for any questions from the committee.


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