Public Hearing on State contract with Credentia providing testing for Certified Nurse Aides

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room 1

AGENDA

Public Hearing on State contract with Credentia providing testing for Certified Nurse Aides

Schedule

10:30 – Opening Remarks

  • Senator Michele Brooks, Majority Chair, Health & Human Services
  • Senator Maria Collett, Minority Chair, Aging & Youth
  • Senator Art Haywood, Minority Chair, Health & Human Services

10:40 – Panel

  • Jennifer Mankowski, BSN, RN
    Executive VP Program Management & Development, Credentia – Testimony
  • Zach Shamberg
    President & CEO, Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) – Testimony
  • Kerri Kubalak
    DCW Heroes Program Manager, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) – Testimony
  • Zach Zobrist
    Director of Workforce Development, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania – Testimony

11:00 – Questions and Open Discussion

11:30 – Recess to the Call of the Chair

Additional Testimony

Department of Human Services, Department of Health and Department of Education – Joint Testimony

Meeting to consider SB 571, SB 1198, SB 1202 and HB 2401

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 571, SB 1198, SB 1202 and HB 2401

Schedule

  • House Bill 2401 (Wheeland) – COVID-19 waiver permanency/allowing CRNPs and PAs to order home health care
  • Senate Bill 571 (Argall) – Changes the distribution schedule of SNAP benefits
  • Senate Bill 1198 (Brooks) – Medicaid coverage for Assisted Living Residences
    • Amendment A0#### – Revisions provided by DHS and PID
    • Amendment A0#### (Cappelletti) – Prohibits Internet sales of human milk

Mastriano and Brooks seek answers from Wolf Administration on Baby Formula Shortage

Harrisburg – Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) and the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Michele Brooks (R-50), have sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf and Acting Health Secretary Denise Johnson seeking answers and solutions to baby formula shortages throughout the commonwealth.

The senators noted that the critical predicament is affecting Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable population, newborns and infants. Within the past few weeks, the issue has only escalated, and the reports throughout Pennsylvania of scarce formula stock and empty shelves at grocery stores and pharmacies are numerous and unacceptable. Mastriano and Brooks expressed particular concerns for the families who are unable to find formula for their infants, especially for babies with rare metabolic diseases, such as Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD), Phenylketonuria (PKU) and Homocystinuria, who require special formula to survive.

The letter seeks answers from the administration to the following inquiries:

  1. What is your plan to address the baby formula shortage within our commonwealth and the concerns of parents and families?
  2. What is the status of baby formula availability in our hospital nurseries?
  3. Is the commonwealth actively working with the federal government to address this crisis? If so, in what ways?
  4. Is there any credence to reports that baby formula is being shipped to the border for illegal immigrants while many Pennsylvania store shelves are empty?
  5. Do we have a government emergency stockpile in Pennsylvania? If so, what is your plan for use and distribution?

Additionally, the senators proposed that the commonwealth consider the following options to help bring some immediate relief to parents:

  1. Urge the Attorney General to monitor formula pricing and hold retailers and anyone having access and/or attempting to resell baby formula accountable for price gouging. Such individuals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
  2. Communicate with parents and families about efforts being taken to resolve this crisis, and instructions on how to obtain formula, with regular updates on the progress.
  3. Explore public-private partnership (s) with food banks, charitable organizations and other nonprofits who may have access to baby formula.

“While this issue is nationwide, Pennsylvania’s leaders cannot sit idly by and wait for the federal government to act,” said Mastriano and Brooks. “We have an obligation to be proactive for Pennsylvanians in addressing this matter and to have alternate plans in place before we face a statewide crisis.”

Media Contact:

Josh Herman – Senator Mastriano
Diane McNaughton – Senator Brooks

Rural Health Summit

(April 13, 2022) Sen. Brooks and Rep. Rapp co-hosted a Rural Health Summit with more than a dozen of their fellow legislators to explore the challenges impacting rural access to health care, the growing substance use disorder and mental health crisis, the workforce shortage, the changing demographics of Pennsylvania, and related factors facing rural Pennsylvania. Also discussed was the challenge of sustaining rural hospitals with nearby outpatient emergency departments, the need for rural Pennsylvania to be at the policy-making table, and the urgent need to recruit physicians and nurses to practice in rural areas.

Meeting to consider SB 1057

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

Room 8E-A, East Wing

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1057

Schedule

  • Senate Bill 1057 (Brooks) – Provides a temporary waiver for pharmacists to medically bill for the administration of COVID-19 antigen tests

Meeting to consider SB 152, SB 956 and HB 1420

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room 1

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 152, SB 956 and HB 1420

Schedule

  • House Bill 1420 (Thomas) – Creates the COVID-19 Mental Health Public Awareness Campaign
  • Senate Bill 152 (J.Ward) – Restricting funds to providers who perform abortion services
    • Amendment A03541 (Cappelletti)
  • Senate Bill 956 (J.Ward) – Amends the Constitution of Pennsylvania regarding the right to abortion or funding for an abortion
    • Amendment A03520 (Cappelletti)

Meeting to consider SB 1019

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | Off the Floor

Rules Room

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1019

Meeting to consider SB 522, SB 970, HB 118, SB 200, SB 358, SB 848, and SB 967

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 522, SB 970, HB 118, SB 200, SB 358, SB 848, and SB 967

Schedule

Call to Order 

Senate Bill 522 (Baker) – Childhood Blood Lead Testing Act

  • A03206 (Brooks) – Updates the lead toxicity level in accordance with CDC guidelines

Senate Bill 970 (Brooks) – RESCUE Bill

House Bill 118 (Ryan) – Disposition of Fetal Remains

  • A03146 (Brooks) – Clarifies that family interment or cremation is not required

Senate Bill 200 (Bartolotta) – Early Intervention Services System Act

  • A03166 (Schwank) – Updates language to be consistent with industry standards

Senate Bill 358 (Schwank) – Maternal Mortality Review Committee Data

Senate Bill 848 (Mensch) – Establishing a Chief Nursing Officer in DOH

  • A03158 (Brooks) – Clarifies the authority of the CNO

Senate Bill 967 (Schwank) – WIC Advisory Committee 

Recess to the Call of the Chair

Meeting to consider SB 938

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 10:45 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


AGENDA

Meeting to consider SB 938

SCHEDULE

Call to Order 

  • Senate Bill 938 (Brooks) – Amends the Administrative Code in the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to require that provider licensure and programmatic changes go through the IRRC process

Recess to the Call of the Chair

Meeting to consider SB 471 and HB 220

Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Monday, November 8, 2021 | 12:30 p.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A


Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 471 and HB 220

Schedule

Call to Order 

Senate Bill 471 (Mastriano) – Establishes the Medical Freedom Act to prohibit the implementation of a vaccination mandate in Pennsylvania

  • A02850 (Brooks) – Specifies that the Act only applies to the COVID-19 vaccine

House Bill 220 (Rader) – Amends the Administrative Code in the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs that an individual does not need a positive drug test to enter treatment

Recess to the Call of the Chair