Schweyer, Policy Committee talk health care access, Plan4PA

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss health care access in Pennsylvania and House Democrats’ Plan4PA.

Schweyer was joined by House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and legislators from across the state, to discuss House Democrats’ Plan4PA and Putting People First, which includes access to affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians.

“We need to improve health care access, especially for our most vulnerable citizens. I’m grateful to today’s panelists for explaining their role in making that happen. Healthier Pennsylvanians mean more people who are able to work, provide for their families and keep our local economy strong,” Schweyer said.

Sturla added: “As we work on legislation that helps Pennsylvania move forward from the recession that began 10 years ago, it’s important that we continue to work together on legislation that improves the lives of all Pennsylvanians. Improving health care access will have a positive ripple effect on the state and I thank Representative Schweyer for hosting today’s hearing.”

The committee heard testimony from: John Kristel, president and CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; Dr. David Burnmeister, chairman of Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network; Alan Jennings, executive director, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley Inc.; Melissa Miranda, executive director, Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley; Deb Gilbert, director of the Parish Nursing/Community Outreach Department, Sacred Heart Healthcare System; Kelly Berk, network director of maternal child health initiatives for Nurse-Family Partnership, St. Luke’s University Health Network; Maggie Murphy, director, NAMI Lehigh Valley; Dr. Michelle Wasno, dentist, Wasno Dental; and Dr. Mark Dalton, optometrist, Allentown Vision Care.

Hearing materials will be available at www.pahouse.com/policy committee.

Visit www.planforpa.pahouse.com for additional information about the Plan4PA.