Wheatley announces effort to address uncompensated care related to COVID-19 pandemic

PITTSBURGH, April 13 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley announced he will officially introduce legislation designed to assist Pennsylvania hospitals with uncompensated care costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said his bill would allow hospitals to apply for reimbursement of a portion of uncompensated care directly related to COVID-19. A special fund would be created and paid for through a general bond, he added.

“As the number of our state’s uninsured continues to rise with many Pennsylvanians out of work and losing their employer-provided insurance, our hospitals will be confronted with an unprecedented amount of uncompensated care,” Wheatley said. “During these unprecedented times, our legislature can be proactive and take steps to prevent thousands of residents from being faced with medical-related debt, which we know can devastate their credit and plague them for years.

“With the governor announcing last week that PENNVEST funds will be used to help hospitals with vital equipment and supplies, I am confident my bill would take this commitment a step further to help hospitals continue to fight on the front lines against this devastating virus.”

More information on Wheatley’s bill can be found here.