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Have you heard from Phyllis?

When Phyllis Gallagher’s husband, John, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he had to go to a nursing home — but without Medicaid, they would not be able to afford this vital care.

When Phyllis Gallagher’s husband, John, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he had to go to a nursing home — but without Medicaid, they would not be able to afford this vital care.

John and Phyllis are like millions of other families across Pennsylvania. They rely on Medicaid, a program that helps children, seniors, and people with disabilities and illnesses get access to life-saving care that they cannot afford otherwise.

Governor Wolf knows that Medicaid can mean the difference getting care or not, and in some cases, it can mean life and death. That’s why under Governor Wolf’s leadership, more than 715,000 Pennsylvanians have gained health insurance from expanded Medicaid, and there are no doubt thousands of stories just like Phyllis and John’s.

It’s stories like these that remind me of what I’m fighting for every day.

As a former business owner, Tom Wolf made sure that all of his employees had good health coverage because he knew that healthy workers were the cornerstone of his business and critical to building a strong middle class. He has carried that principle to Harrisburg as governor.

Today, he’s fighting attempts by Washington and Harrisburg politicians to destroy Medicaid by turning it into block grants that would throw people just like John out of nursing homes and off long-term care. Their plans would also take coverage away from seniors, children, and the disabled.

Medicaid expansion is making a real difference in the lives of people, and we can’t let politicians in Washington and Harrisburg play games with healthcare. Since Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has dropped to an all-time low of 5.6 percent, well below the national average of 9.1 percent.

We have a lot of progress to defend and millions of Pennsylvanians to protect. We need to stand with Governor Wolf so he can continue to stand up for the poor, the sick, and the elderly who are at risk of losing their care — even when no one else will.

Big news, Pennsylvania!

Big news, Pennsylvania! Thanks to Governor’s Wolf’s expansion of Medicaid and his championing of affordable, quality health care for everyone in the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s uninsured

Big news, Pennsylvania! Thanks to Governor’s Wolf’s expansion of Medicaid and his championing of affordable, quality health care for everyone in the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate is the lowest it has ever been. According to the Clearfield Progress:

Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday announced a decline in the commonwealth’s uninsured rate from 6.4 percent in 2015 to 5.6 percent in 2016, the lowest on record. Before the Affordable Care Act was implemented and Wolf expanded Medicaid, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate was more than 10 percent.

But there’s still more work to do. Governor Wolf will continue to stand up against attempts to repeal Obamacare and is working to make the law better. The governor just recently joined seven other Republican and Democratic governors to release a plan to improve healthcare, control costs, and make sure that we’re protecting coverage for Pennsylvanians. 

Governor Wolf is not going to stop fighting to make sure that every Pennsylvania family will be able to get the insurance coverage they deserve. No one should have to go broke in order to be healthy.

“We will continue to work to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to quality coverage at an affordable price and advocate in a bipartisan way to fix Obamacare at the federal level,” Governor Wolf said, according to the Central Penn Business Journal.