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Harrisburg, Pa. – Amid growing concern from the American public about the reliability of our health care system, Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania (AFP-PA) today announced the launch of a campaign focused on making crucial reforms to ensure people have access to the care they need. The group is targeting reforms to help those impacted by COVID-19 and ensure the country is better prepared for a future outbreak. The campaign is part of a multi-million dollar national effort that includes advertising, digital outreach, lobbying, and grassroots engagement from Americans for Prosperity (AFP)’s 2.2 million activists. AFP’s campaign details a positive vision for health care that focuses on facilitating immediate, meaningful improvements to America’s health care system.
A poll conducted last month by YouGov and AFP found that 83% of Americans want health care professionals to have more flexibility in providing health care as they and their patients see fit. View the survey questions here.
AFP-PA State Director Ashley Klingensmith issued the following statement:
“Since the beginning of this crisis we’ve seen what’s possible when government clears the way for innovative health care and empowers medical professionals to deliver more care to more people. But temporary policy changes we’ve already seen save lives over the last few months are policy changes that will save lives in the future too, and we should make them permanent. Some of the policies have languished in the legislature for years – now is the time to act. Doing so is the first step toward re-imagining health care in Pennsylvania and making sure patients get the care they need.”
AFP-PA’s ad campaign will initially focus on expanding telemedicine access by passing HB15 and lifting scope of practice restrictions by passing SB25 and HB100. Both policies would empower more health care professionals to deliver more critical health care services to those in need.
AFP-PA’s digital ads will urge constituents to contact the following house members and encourage them to support HB15: Reps. Austin Davis (LD-35), Tina Davis (LD-141), Anthony DeLuca (LD-32), Steven Mentzer (LD-97), Tina Pickett (LD-110), and Jim Struzzi (LD-62).
AFP-PA’s digital ads will also urge constituents to thank the following house members for sponsoring HB15 and to encourage them to continue supporting innovative health care solutions: Reps. Jordan Harris (LD-186), Sue Helm (LD-104), R. Lee James (LD-64), and Harry Readshaw (LD-36).
AFP-PA will also be running digital ads urging constituents to contact the following house members and encourage them to support HB100/SB25: Reps. Joe Emrick (LD-137), Dave Hickernell (LD-98), Harry Readshaw (LD-36), and Wendi Thomas (LD-178).
AFP-PA will also urge constituents to thank the following house members for sponsoring HB100/SB25 and to encourage them to continue taking actions that expand access to health care: Reps. Margo Davidson (LD-164) and Jesse Topper (LD-78).
A poll conducted in April by YouGov and Americans for Prosperity found that after respondents were presented with information about emergency measures, Americans support changes to our health care system that grant medical professionals greater flexibility in providing care and responding to COVID-19. Click here to view the full results.
AFP has identified four immediate policy priorities that need fast action to ensure patients continue to get access to the care they need: (1) Making telehealth an option for all Americans and removing occupational licensing and scope of practice restrictions that prevent doctors and nurses from seeing patients; (2) making permanent the recent moves by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that enable rapid deployment of testing, treatment, and prevention; (3) letting patients access promising experimental treatments that have already been proven safe; and (4) empaneling a BRAC-style commission to make additional reforms that remove similar restrictions to further strengthen America’s health care system.
AFP engages activists in all 50 states. In recent years, the group has successfully advocated for health care reforms to improve patient access in states across the country.
For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or 703.887.7724
Through broad-based grassroots outreach, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is driving long-term solutions to the country’s biggest problems. AFP activists engage friends and neighbors on key issues and encourage them to take an active role in building a culture of mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping one another. AFP recruits and unites Pennsylvanians behind a common goal of advancing policies that will help people improve their lives. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org
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