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September 12, 2019

Bill Would Support Greater Efficiency in Health Care

The cost of health care is one of the biggest concerns for many families throughout Pennsylvania, and increases in these costs put a serious strain on family budgets. I recently introduced a bill that would study the most efficient and effective approaches to health care in order to contain costs to consumers.

My legislation would reauthorize the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, an independent agency created in 1986 that collects more than 4.5 million treatment records from inpatient hospital visits annually in order to make recommendations on ways to reduce costs and improve the quality of care provided to patients.

More details about the legislation is available here.

Proposal Would Protect Student Sexual Assault Victims

Sexual assault is one of the most heinous and evil crimes imaginable, so it is critical to ensure that victims of this crime are given every protection possible under the law. Earlier this year, I introduced a bill that would mandate the expulsion of any student who is convicted or adjudicated delinquent of sexual assault against a student in the same K-12 school district, at the victim’s request.

The legislation was introduced in response to a troubling case in which a local student who had been sexually assaulted by a classmate and was still forced to attend school with her attacker on a daily basis. I am hopeful that the Senate acts on this bill in the near future to ensure no victim is forced to endure this kind of situation in the future.

More information about this legislation is available here.

Continuing the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

September is designated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in support of the thousands of children and families who are fighting pediatric cancer throughout the state. When the Senate returns to session later this month, I look forward to taking the next steps to help families who are fighting and praying for a cure.

The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on legislation I introduced to create a new tax credit program for donations to a Pennsylvania pediatric cancer research hospital. My bill could help generate up to $100 million in private donations toward pediatric cancer research over the next decade.

I am hopeful that the testimony gathered during this hearing will pave the way for action on this bill in the near future. More information about my bill is available here.

I am pleased to welcome the newest intern in my district office, Thomas Haines of Lancaster. Thomas is attending Lock Haven University, where he is majoring in Economics and Business Administration.

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