EMERGENCY ALERT: HB 59 Passes the Pennsylvania House – URGE GOV WOLF TO VETO IT

URGENT: Please let Governor Wolf know we are counting on him to veto HB 59, a horrendous and potentially deadly bill which would impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, cut transportation and get rid of “non-essential” life-saving benefits.  Contact Gov. Wolf’s office via 717-787-2500; fax: 717-772-8284; https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/.

The National Welfare and Caregivers Network issued an action alert and were among the 173 organizations that signed onto a PA Health Access Network letter opposing HB 59. More details below.

From: Antoinette Kraus, PA Health Access Network
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2017 3:28 PM
Subject: BREAKING: HB 59 Passes the PA House

Yesterday, the amended version of HB 59 passed in the House by a margin of 116 to 78.  This harmful bill would force Medicaid recipients to jump through hoops to get and stay covered and fast-track cuts to non-essential benefits.

Governor Wolf has promised to veto the bill once it’s on his desk, but it’s important to general calls and emails voicing support for his decision to veto the bill.  Below are some resources you can use to engage folks in this effort.

  • PHAN’s official statement on the passage of HB 59
  • A personal story about how this bill would impact the state’s ability to combat the opioid epidemic.  Feel free to share widely.
  • Our HB 59 toolkit, which includes talking points, graphics, and more.

Thank you for fighting with us!


Antoinette Kraus, PA Health Access Network


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