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ICMYI: Governor Wolf Reauthorizes CHIP, Protecting Health Care for 180,000 PA Children

Republicans in Congress have decided to put politics before the health and well-being of 9 million children and their families nationwide by failing to reauthorize

Republicans in Congress have decided to put politics before the health and well-being of 9 million children and their families nationwide by failing to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly referred to as CHIP. Just last month, Governor Wolf took action to protect the 180,000 children of Pennsylvania who rely on Chip funding.

CBS Philly reported:

“The governor traveled to Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital to sign the CHIP reauthorization legislation and call on parents to contact their representatives in Washington.”

The governor was joined by Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia a few weeks ago to sign the Pennsylvania CHIP legislation. While this provides for funding of CHIP for the first few months of 2018, it won’t be enough if Congress doesn’t reauthorize federal funding of CHIP.

Governor Wolf and Secretary Miller used the opportunity to urge members of Congress to do the right thing and reauthorize CHIP. The governor said, “I am proud to sign this legislation that represents Pennsylvania’s bipartisan commitment to securing health insurance for our most vulnerable – our children and pregnant women. However, this is just one step in ensuring children are cared for. Congress needs to do its part and reauthorize CHIP at the federal level. Without federal funding, more than 180,000 children in Pennsylvania could be without health care in early 2018.”

Just a few days earlier, Gov Wolf joined a bi-partisan group of governors in writing a letter to House and Senate leaders, urging them to prioritize CHIP funding so as not to disrupt the health care of millions of children and pregnant women. He was joined by governors Hickenlooper (CO), Kasich (OH), Walker (AK), Edwards (LA), Sununu (NH), McAuliffe (VA), Baker (MA), Bullock (MT), Phil Scott (VT), Sandoval (NV), and Dayton (MN).

While Congress has yet to follow through on CHIP reauthorization, Governor Wolf has not given up in his fight to pressure them to do the right thing. He won’t let politics get in the way of protecting access to health care for Pennsylvania’s women and children, and he will continue to call on the Republicans in Congress to do the same.

Governor Wolf Vetoes Most Restrictive, Anti-Choice Bill in the Country

Governor Wolf has long been a stalwart supporter of a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. So when the Republican legislature sent him

Governor Wolf has long been a stalwart supporter of a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. So when the Republican legislature sent him the most restrictive anti-choice bill in the country, he immediately took action to prevent it from becoming law. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported:

Gov. Wolf on Monday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that would have restricted abortion rights, calling it a “vile assault on women’s ability to make their own decisions about their own health care.”

Senate Bill 3 would have banned abortions after twenty weeks and provided no exceptions for rape or incest. It also banned one of the safest methods of second trimester abortions that could be used to save the life of the mother in the case of a tragedy during pregnancy.

The bill was pushed through without input from medical or health experts. It was opposed from the state’s leading medical organizations such as the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. They emphasized that women often receive an ultrasound in their 20th week that can detect life-threatening abnormalities and that this restrictive bill puts the doctor-patient relationship in jeopardy.

Governor Wolf was unequivocal in his condemnation of this bill, which not only attempted to take crucial health care decisions out of the hands of women but also threatened the health of the mothers. At a press conference at Philadelphia City Hall on Monday, he declared, “Make no mistake about it. Senate Bill 3 is an attack on women. It’s an attack on their health, their freedom, their choice, their liberties.”

The Governor was joined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Commissioner Deborah Minkoff of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Executive Director La’Tasha D. Mayes of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, and Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt. The speakers praised the Governor’s decision to veto SB3 and his efforts to protect women’s reproductive rights.

At a time when Republicans in Washington and the State House are launching assault after assault on women’s reproductive rights, Governor Wolf has never been stronger in his commitment to standing up against the Republicans and fighting for the rights of the women of Pennsylvania.

 

Governor Wolf Highlights Growth of Pennsylvania’s Solar Energy Sector

Governor Wolf visited Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County to announce legislation that will prioritize renewable solar energy in Pennsylvania.

Governor Wolf visited Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County to announce legislation that will prioritize renewable solar energy in Pennsylvania. This is just the latest step in Governor Wolf’s commitment to making Pennsylvania an energy leader.

“We’re making sure the benefits of increased renewable jobs, a cleaner environment, and a growing renewable economy is going to be felt right here in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf

According to Philly.com:

Gov. Wolf on Monday lauded a change to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act that prohibits out-of-state solar power from qualifying for renewable-energy credits. The change, included in an omnibus bill signed into law Oct. 30, is intended to lift Pennsylvania’s solar industry, and give a boost to owners of solar systems.

Standing in front of the largest solar array on a college campus in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf announced that the newly-signed legislation prioritizes solar power produced in Pennsylvania and will expand the credits for Pennsylvania-based solar arrays.

Lancaster Newspapers explains:

Currently, 26 percent of the solar renewable energy used in Pennsylvania is generated from outside the state’s borders.

That has resulted in a glut of solar power from out of state being offered for sale through credits. The new legislation still allows solar energy to be purchased from out of state but it cannot earn credits.

The hope is that the new in-state credit restriction will pump up the monetary value of credits for Pennsylvania-produced solar and, in turn, increase the incentive to build more solar projects and equipment in the state.

Solar energy is one of the fastest growing sources of energy in the world. The legislation helps Pennsylvania be a leader in this industry and will promote environmental conservation and the construction of new solar energy resources throughout the commonwealth. It also means that solar power generated in Pennsylvania is being used right here in Pennsylvania.