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State Bill 253

Republicans in the Pennsylvania House today held a press conference about a proposed bill that would give millions to hospitals.

House Bill 253 would allocate $225 million for hospitals and their employees, as well as money for other efforts.

Hospitals face staffing shortages and staff burnout, and lawmakers hope that this would improve the situation.

Douglas Braff has more.

“And there’s $225 million will make sure that they can effectively address these short term challenges, but also like we don’t want our constituents in any regard to be casualties to
this pandemic for the long term, we don’t want our world class health care system to be a casualty to this pandemic.”

“Part of our investment is also trying to address the staffing issues, I believe is about 210 million of this money will go toward staffing issues as well. In our hospitals,
we’re looking at additional funding toward some educational opportunities. So we want to make sure that these establishments are available for as a future come and keep retaining these
employees. You know, we’ve seen a little bit premature retirements as people get burned out in these facilities and demands in the hours.
It’s not very easy to keep that going”

For the rest of the money. $100 million would go to acute care general hospitals. $110 million would go to critical access hospitals facilities with a high volume of Medicaid patients
and behavioral and psychiatric providers.

“We know all too well the impact on many people who have either chronic behavioral health issues or some acute things subsequent to the pandemic was just as dramatic in their lives and
in their families lives, and continued to be a challenge even to the workforce as people try to get themselves in a stable point.”

And then $15 million would go to the P.A. Student Loan Relief for Nurses program. A task force would also be formed to better the lives of children affected by parents going through drug
addiction.

In a statement to US, Geisinger is executive vice president and chief nursing executive Janet Tomcavage says quote This pandemic has taken its toll on health care workers, both personally
and professionally and as an organization, we have worked diligently to help our employees through these unprecedented circumstances.
Health care workers need our collective support right now, and we are grateful the General Assembly has recognized the incredible challenges they continue to experience now nearly two
years into this deadly pandemic by providing this assistance when our health care heroes need it most.
We look forward to learning how funding from this bill can help us continue to address the ongoing caregiver labor challenges resulting from the pandemic

Penn Highlands Chief Financial Officer Heather Schneider told US quote Penny Highlands Health Care appreciates the support we are receiving from Pennsylvania’s General Assembly by
allocating funds for hospital workforce retention and recruitment.
They are helping to ensure that we can continue to provide the high quality care of the people in our communities. Expect from Ben Highlands Health Care. Just like every other health
system across the country, Penn Highlands is experiencing staffing concerns as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The added funds will help us retain the highly skilled medical professionals that have been tirelessly providing care to the people in the 39 counties we serve. In addition,
the allocation we receive will be used for the recruitment of additional nurses and advanced practice providers.

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