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Governor Wolf Statement on Conor Lamb Win in PA-18

“I’m thrilled that Conor will continue to be an incredible partner to me and to the people of western Pennsylvania in Congress.”

PENNSYLVANIA – Governor Wolf released the following statement:

“Conor Lamb’s win proves that Pennsylvanians want leaders who put the lives of people ahead of party politics. Conor will fight for quality and affordable health care, family sustaining jobs, to rebuild our infrastructure, and to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. I’m thrilled that Conor will continue to be an incredible partner to me and to the people of western Pennsylvania in Congress.

“Every Pennsylvanian who cast a vote for Conor Lamb, every activist who knocked on a door or called a neighbor, and every supporter who chipped in to fuel this campaign should be so proud of what they have achieved. Congratulations to Conor, his supporters, and the people of western Pennsylvania on their win.”

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.