Healthcare, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Representative Kristine Howard and Senator Tim Kearney to discuss the importance of preserving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to protect women’s health care, now more than ever amid COVID-19 and the Supreme Court vacancy.Under the ACA, a wide variety of preventive care is available to women free of charge, including annual mammograms and well-woman visits, birth control and breastfeeding support. Additionally, women are protected from being charged more simply for being women, or for becoming pregnant.“My administration has consistently pushed for improvements in women’s health care,” Gov. Wolf said. “Those improvements support the gains in free preventive care and the protections for pre-existing conditions that the ACA provides. That gives women needed control over their own health, but that control – and access to affordable coverage for many Pennsylvanians – is in jeopardy right now.”Also, amid COVID, health care inequities have been magnified and women of color, who have felt those inequities long before the pandemic, have much to lose if the ACA is dismantled or repealed. Health outcomes for women of color are worse than those for white women. They are more likely to be hospitalized due to asthma, diabetes, and COPD compared to white women, and more likely to give birth to a stillborn baby than white women. In 2018, black women were five times more likely to be living with chronic Hepatitis B compared to white women.The Wolf Administration has steadfastly worked to improve access to quality health care and health care coverage for all women, despite efforts by the federal government to undermine women’s rights to health care.When a group of Republican Attorneys General brought a suit challenging the constitutionality of the ACA, President Trump made the highly unusual decision to have the Department of Justice fight to invalidate a federal law. To have the federal government seek to deprive Americans of health care coverage is deeply concerning at any time, but especially in the midst of a pandemic.“A radical change to the United States Supreme Court could lead to the end of the Affordable Care Act and the legal precedent of Roe v. Wade,” said Rep. Howard. “We have a responsibility to protect the thousands of Pennsylvanians who would lose their health care and the women who would lose their right to make their own choices in matters of reproductive health.”“The Trump Administration is in federal court trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act and rip away health coverage from millions of people,” Sen. Kearney said. “More than 5 million people in Pennsylvania who have pre-existing conditions will see their premiums increase dramatically or lose their coverage altogether. Especially during a global pandemic, we should be strengthening the ACA to reduce costs and expand coverage. We need to fight back because lives hang in the balance.”The governor was also joined by Kathryn Kolbert, a reproductive rights attorney who argued Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 Supreme Court case widely credited with saving Roe v. Wade.“The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court will place in jeopardy both the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade, denying millions of American women access to safe and affordable health care,” said Kolbert. “Senator Toomey, the women of Pennsylvania will remember if you forsake women’s health in this political power grab. Let the voters decide whether President Trump or President Biden will select the next Supreme Court Justice.”“All women deserve more access to better health care, not more problems created by politicians,” said Gov. Wolf. “There is no role for government to step between a woman and her doctor for any health care decision. I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that Pennsylvania women retain access to affordable, quality health care.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: We Must Protect the ACA and Access to Health Care for Women Amid COVID-19 and Supreme Court Vacancy October 01, 2020
Lastyear from Jan. 1 to Dec. 14 PHO recorded 22,040 dengue cases with 78 deaths.This was 882 percent higher than 2018’s PHO-recorded 2,244 cases with sixdeaths and 2017’s 1,321 cases with eight deaths./PN “But we should not be complacent. Weneed to continue our anti-dengue activities in schools and barangays. Theregular clean-up drive to get rid of mosquito breeding places must besustained,” said Dr. Annabelle Tang, the CHO officer-in-charge. Last year, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, itrecorded 3,329 dengue cases with 16 deaths, and an attack rate of 701 per100,000 population. The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP)declared a state of calamity due to dengue in July 2019. From Jan. 1 to 4, this year, theIloilo City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ICESU) recorded seven cases ofdengue with zero deaths. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viralinfection causing a severe flu-like illness that could sometimes be fatal. Itscarriers are day-biting mosquitoes (Aedes albpictus and Aedesaegypti) that live and breed and clean, stagnant water. The surge in dengue cases last yearresulted to hospitals bursting at the seams with patients. There was a shortagein hospital rooms, beds, doctors, and nurses. The 2019 dengue cases were 278.7percent higher than 2018’s cases. The demand for blood (for bloodtransfusion to dengue patients) also spiked. In Iloilo province, dengue caseswere dropping, too. Data from the provincial government’s Hospital ManagementOffice as of the first week of January showed nine dengue patients remaining indistrict hospitals and there were no more new dengue hospital admissions. ILOILO City – Cases of dengue fever inthis southern city have dropped below the epidemic threshold, according to theCity Health Office (CHO). These24 LGUs were Cabatuan, Passi City, Maasin, Sara, Ajuy, Leon, Janiuay, SanDionisio, Banate, Concepcion, Leganes, Tigbauan, Miag-ao, Dueñas, Igbaras, NewLucena, Mina, Zarraga, Bingawan, Barotac Viejo, San Enrique, Lemery, SanRafael, and Tubungan. “Thereis an epidemic threshold and alert threshold. By the 49th morbidity week, wewere already below the alert level,” said Trabado. Thenumber of cases was now below the “alert threshold”, said Provincial HealthOffice’s (PHO) Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado. Mayor Jerry Treñas said CHO needed 13more doctors to boost its services, especially against dengue. Bythe 50th morbidity week (Dec. 8 to 14, 2019), PHO recorded 36 cases and 24 ofIloilo’s 43 local government units (LGUs) recorded no new cases.