Snyder applauds bipartisan efforts to purchase vital medical equipment, supplies for hospitals and emergency workers statewide

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Up to $50 million in state funds will be used to obtain vital healthcare supplies for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today.

Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, said this action comes following the passage of H.B. 1232 in the House and Senate this week. The bill provides for $50 million in state funds to be deposited into a special restricted account under the governor’s jurisdiction. Snyder said the funds would only be used if there are insufficient funds available for medical equipment and supplies for healthcare entities, including hospitals, nursing facilities and emergency medical services.

Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to sign the bill tomorrow.

“We are living through an unprecedented time here in our state and doing all we can to provide our healthcare workers and emergency personnel with the life-saving equipment and resources is paramount,” Snyder said. “I’m pleased the House and Senate worked together -- many doing so remotely -- to get this measure passed and to the governor’s desk quickly. Our healthcare workers need our help, now more than ever, through this pandemic.”

Snyder also applauded the announcement of $60 million in small business loans through the COVID-19 Capital Working Access Program, which is designed to help thousands of small businesses impacted by the pandemic get the funding they need to stay in business.

For more information on the state’s efforts related to COVID-19, please visit the following linkhttps://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.