Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2020-10-02 15:15:09 –
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by PublicSource Reporters
Governor Tom Wolf unveiled a health reform plan focused on physical and behavioral health and priorities, made particularly urgent, he said at a press conference on Friday, by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light many challenges, as you know, that we have in the Commonwealth, particularly with regard to health care,” the governor said. “But I think we are all much more aware today than ever of the precariousness of our health system and the heavy dependence of this health system for the things we need.
The reform package begins with the creation of an Interagency Health Reform Council, established by a decree signed by Wolf at the press conference.
The council, made up of Commonwealth health agencies and the governor’s office, will develop recommendations by December 30 to identify and capitalize on health system efficiencies, allowing agencies to work together to find savings and promote whole-person care.
The plan also calls for the creation of five regional health councils across the state. The forums will focus on addressing racial and social disparities in health care.
The governor said he will also work with the legislature to create the Health Value Commission, responsible for holding payers and providers accountable for growing healthcare costs and establishing accessibility and long-term sustainability. of the health system.
The proposal comes amid legal challenges to the federal affordable care law, which is expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court next month.
Wolf said he had “argued strongly against any backtracking of the Affordable Care Act, which provides for health coverage.
“We need to stem the rising tide of health care costs, so that Pennsylvanians are not left out of good health care,” Wolf continued. “That is why I am proposing a health reform agenda that will make health care more affordable, second, hold health care companies accountable, and third, address health inequalities resulting from a systemic racism that permeates our system.
Number of cases in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] reported 73 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday and four COVID-related deaths. The newly reported cases bring the total tally since March 14 to 12,527 infections.
The tally of cases released Thursday came from 1,298 tests carried out from September 25 to October 1. The new infections were in patients aged 11 days to 93 years, the median age being 35 years. More than half of the cases involved people under the age of 50.
To date, the county has had 386 deaths and 1,218 people hospitalized from the virus.
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Wolf presents plan for health care reform; Allegheny County has 73 new COVID-19 infections, four deaths