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Governor Wolf Works to Strengthen Public Trust in Government

Yesterday Governor Wolf continued his fight to change Harrisburg by proposing his “Citizens First” ethics reform package.

Yesterday Governor Wolf continued his fight to change Harrisburg by proposing his “Citizens First” ethics reform package. As the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader described:

“Following his own lead, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday introduced his ‘Citizens First’ ethics reform plan that includes a gift ban for public officials, ‘no budget, no pay’ legislation, public official expense reform and steps to curb the influence of special interests in Harrisburg.”

From his first day in office, Governor Wolf has led by example with his dedication to creating a government that is transparent, honest, and works for all Pennsylvanians. His ethics reform plan is his latest step in this mission.

Governor Wolf also donates his salary to charity and doesn’t take a pension. He instituted a gift ban for members of the executive branch, ended pay-to-play contracting, publishes his schedule for the public each day, and requires his cabinet secretaries to post their expenses online each week.

“Since day one of my administration, I have done things differently and worked to rebuild public trust in the executive branch,” the governor said when announcing his new plan. “This proposal enforces strict standards for how Harrisburg operates and it will rebuild trust in government. My plan will make sure that our citizens are the ones calling the shots – not entrenched special interests.”

Governor Wolf is committed to restoring people’s faith in government and creating a government that works for all Pennsylvanians. He will continue challenging the Harrisburg status quo and making strides towards ensuring that government is open, transparent, and honest.

Adrianne’s Story

Adrianne was one of the more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians who finally received health care when Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid in 2015.

When Adrianne Gunter graduated college, she developed Multiple Sclerosis. She applied for health insurance four times over a two year period in an attempt to get the tests and treatment she so badly needed, but she was denied each time.

Adrianne was one of the more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians who finally received health care when Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid in 2015. She was able to get the MRI she needed to diagnose her M.S. and see a neurologist who prescribed medicine that treats it, preventing her from being paralyzed.

“I’m very concerned about health care, and when I first got to Harrisburg I did what I could do and took advantage of what was in place with the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid.” says Governor Wolf. “That was important, I thought, to really address the needs of the uninsured and the underinsured.”

Adrianne’s story is why Governor Wolf has fought tirelessly to provide affordable, straightforward, accessible healthcare to all Pennsylvanians. “When Governor Wolf says that signing the Medicaid expansion gave insurance to 700,000 Pennsylvanians– those are real lives, just like mine,” says Adrianne. “That’s amazing and beautiful and it shows what a civil servant can do when they put people first.”

Governor Wolf Removes Barriers to Opioid Addiction Treatment

On Thursday, Governor Wolf announced his latest effort in combating the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic in Pennsylvania.

On Thursday, Governor Wolf announced his latest effort in combating the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic in Pennsylvania. According to the Delaware County Daily Times:

“At a press conference at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland on Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced an initiative to remove barriers to people receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.”

Medication-assisted treatment, known as MAT, is an FDA approved strategy shown to reduce addiction relapse and improve the chances of recovery. But there are currently prior authorization rules that can delay MAT, sometimes for up to 24 hours. This means patients are often blocked from receiving treatment right when they need it the most.

Understanding how critical immediate access to treatment is, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program will be waiving prior authorization requirements for evidence-based opioid use disorder treatments going forward. “If even one person is delayed access to the treatment they need, it is one person too many,” he said.

This initiative is part of Governor Wolf’s larger effort to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. In January, he declared the epidemic a statewide disaster emergency. Earlier this week, state officials provided a progress report on all they have accomplished thanks to the consolidated resources and intensified focus brought about by the declaration. The governor also announced this week that after just one year in operation, Pennsylvania’s Centers of Excellence have successfully increased the percentage of individuals suffering with opioid use disorder who are engaged in treatment.

Governor Wolf is committed to using every tool at his disposal to fight this public health emergency and help Pennsylvanians get the treatment they so desperately need.

Governor Wolf celebrates one million online voter registration users

Today Governor Wolf announced a major achievement for voting reform in Pennsylvania: more than one million Pennsylvanians have used his administration’s online voter registration website,

Today Governor Wolf announced a major achievement for voting reform in Pennsylvania: more than one million Pennsylvanians have used his administration’s online voter registration website, register.votespa.com, in less than three years.

As the Clearfield Progress reports:

“The system, launched in August 2015 by Governor Wolf, has made it easier and more secure for citizens to register to vote and update their existing registrations. The 1 millionth user was from Delaware County.”

By submitting electronic applications, voters can rest assured that their personal information will be submitted directly to the appropriate office for processing. The system contains the most up-to-date data security and is constantly monitored and updated. Additionally, officials have found that the electronic applications improved accuracy, increased the integrity of the voting rolls, reduced time-consuming data entry and yielded considerable cost savings.

Governor Wolf is committed to protecting Pennsylvanians’ constitutional right to participate in free and fair elections. “I am proud of those in my administration who have helped more than a million people more easily participate in the process,” he said. “The success of online voter registration is a testament to citizens’ desire for an election system that is more secure, easier to navigate and better ensures their votes really count.”

Governor Wolf is dedicated to building on the progress already made towards increasing voter participation and ensuring the integrity of voting. He also called for automatic voter registration, same day voter registration, modernizing absentee ballots, and ending partisan gerrymandering. He also supports the Pennsylvania Department of State’s new directive requiring voting machines to have a voter-verifiable paper ballot or paper record of votes cast.