Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Governors Take Stand to Protect Health Care

On Monday, Governor Wolf joined a bipartisan group of governors in taking a stand against the Trump administration’s latest efforts to undermine Americans’ access to health care by trying to strip care away from the 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions.

On Monday, Governor Wolf joined a bipartisan group of governors in taking a stand against the Trump administration’s latest efforts to undermine Americans’ access to health care by trying to strip care away from the 5.3 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions.

According to The Hill:

“A bipartisan group of governors on Monday called on the Trump administration to reverse its decision to argue in court that ObamaCare’s pre-existing condition protections should be overturned.”

Governor Wolf united forces with eight other governors, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I), Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D).

“The administration’s disappointing decision to no longer defend this provision of federal law threatens health care coverage for many in our states with pre-existing conditions and adds uncertainty and higher costs for Americans who purchase their own health insurance,” the governors said. They urged the administration to reverse their decision and instead work with Congress and Governors on bipartisan solutions to protect coverage and lower health care costs for all Americans.

Governor Wolf is dedicated to protecting all Pennsylvanians’ access to quality and affordable health care. “I am proud to continue working across the aisle with other governors to present a path forward for our health care system that protects consumers, creates more choice and lowers the cost of insurance and care,” he said. “It is beyond time for Washington to stop trying to strip health care access and protections from vulnerable Americans and get to work on the bipartisan solutions laid out by governors and other health care advocates to stabilize the market and help consumers, hospitals and health professionals.”

Human Rights Campaign Endorses Governor Wolf

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign announced its endorsement of Governor Tom Wolf for reelection.

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign announced its endorsement of Governor Tom Wolf for reelection. Governor Wolf formally accepted the endorsement at a press conference alongside HRC President Chad Griffin, State Representative Brian Sims, State House Candidate Malcolm Kenyatta, Equality Pennsylvania Board Member Kira Kinsman, and LGBTQ advocate Gina Cline.

“Throughout his career, Governor Wolf has stood shoulder to shoulder with LGBTQ Pennsylvanians — fighting for fairness and equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “HRC is proud to endorse Governor Wolf’s bid for reelection, and we look forward to continuing to fight side by side for equality across the commonwealth.”

Governor Wolf is a dedicated champion for equality in Pennsylvania. He is a strong advocate of the PA Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that extends non-discrimination provisions in state law to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. Governor Wolf has signed executive orders to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination within state government and among its contractors and grantees. He has fought for the expansion of state health care benefits for LGBTQ employees and has appointed several members of the LGBTQ community to key positions within his administration.

“I am truly honored to accept the Human Rights Campaign’s endorsement,” said Governor Wolf. “Throughout the last three years, they have been an important partner as we’ve fought to protect the rights of our LGBTQ community and ensure that Pennsylvania is inclusive, welcoming, and open for business for everyone. We have made progress, but I know that there is still more work to be done to ensure the rights of the LGBTQ community are protected. I am committed to continuing to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community and will keep fighting for a statewide anti-discrimination bill.”

Governor Wolf Takes Action on Equal Pay

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took matters into his own hands to combat the gender pay gap which is plaguing Pennsylvania’s women, families, and businesses.

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf took matters into his own hands to combat the gender pay gap which is plaguing Pennsylvania’s women, families, and businesses.

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports:

“Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order regarding applicants to state agencies and salary history in hopes of helping to close the gender pay gap.”

The executive order directs state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction to no longer ask job applicants their salary history during the hiring process, to base salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range, and the applicant’s job knowledge and skills, and to clearly explain the pay range on job postings.

Pennsylvania women make just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes– a gap of 21%. This gap costs women an average of $10,000 a year and makes it harder to for them to buy homes, pay for college, and provide for their families.

“The gender wage gap is wrong,” said Governor Wolf. “It’s wrong for women, wrong for families, wrong for business, and wrong for the economy of Pennsylvania. This executive order begins to end this discriminatory practice, so that women hired by the commonwealth are paid what they deserve, and the wage gap does not follow them to a state job.”

Governor Wolf also called on the General Assembly to pass similar protections for all working women in Pennsylvania.

Governor Wolf Celebrates Pride Month

June has arrived, and with it brings warm weather, vacations, and the beginning of summer. But June is more than just this– it is also Pride Month, a time for both celebration and reflection for the LGBTQ community. Governor Wolf recently proclaimed June 2018 Pride month in the commonwealth.

June has arrived, and with it brings warm weather, vacations, and the beginning of summer. But June is more than just this– it is also Pride Month, a time for both celebration and reflection for the LGBTQ community.

Governor Wolf recently proclaimed June 2018 Pride month in the commonwealth. “Pride Month is a time to take a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBTQ individuals, to promote self-affirmation, dignity, and equality, and to build community and celebrate diversity,” he said.

Governor Wolf has a record of fighting to expand rights for the LGBTQ community. Since his first days in office, the governor has urged legislators to pass the PA Fairness Act, but Republicans have blocked these bills from reaching a vote in the General Assembly despite broad, bipartisan support.

In the face of this stalled legislation, Governor Wolf took matters into his own hands. He signed two executive orders that prohibit any agency under his jurisdiction or any entity that receives grants or contracts from the commonwealth from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression, and identity, among other areas.

Governor Wolf recognizes that the LGBTQ community deserves equal benefits and the same state services as everyone else and continues to fight for expansion of state health care benefits for LGBTQ employees.

The governor has also been lucky to work alongside several talented members of the LGBTQ community in his administration. In 2015, Governor Wolf chose Dr. Rachel Levine as his Physician General, and now she serves as the Secretary of Health working with the governor to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic. Dr. Levine is currently one of the highest ranking transgender women in the nation.

There is still much to be done in Pennsylvania for the advancement of the LGBTQ community. Despite the hurdles, Governor Wolf is committed to continuing to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community and will stand with them as they fight to protect and expand their rights in today’s political climate.