House Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing on COVID-19 Plans for Long-Term Care Facilities Thursday in Capitol

HARRISBURG, July 14 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on COVID-19 Plans for Long-Term Care Facilities as part of Disability Pride Philadelphia’s Virtual PA 2020.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. The media and public are invited to attend and watch the livestream at

The hearing was requested by state Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., to explore how the disability community has been impacted by COVID-19 in long-term care facilities Testifiers and members will participate in person and remotely.

Testifiers will include: 

  • Sarah Boateng, executive deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Keara Klinepeter, special adviser to the secretary of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Kristin Ahrens, deputy secretary of the Office of Developmental Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Matt Yarnell, president, SEIU Healthcare PA
  • Emma Graham, certified nursing assistant
  • Elyse Ford, vice president, District 1199C
  • Misty Dixon, chief executive officer, Center for Independent Living of North Central PA
  • Justin Bell, nursing home survivor

For more information about the Policy Committee and testimonies, go to