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Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Intent to Veto Human Services Code Bill from SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania Pres. Matthew Yarnell

We applaud Governor Wolf’s announcement that he intends to veto the Human Services Code bill (HB 59), passed yesterday by the PA House of Representatives. Just one week after popular backlash ended Congress’s attempt to gut Medicaid and restrict access to healthcare for millions of Americans, extremists in Harrisburg renewed this effort on the state-level. We thank Governor Wolf for protecting healthcare for the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians and urge the General Assembly to enact legislation that expands rather than restricts access to affordable healthcare for all of the state’s citizens.

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About SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is the state’s largest and fastest-growing union of nurses and healthcare workers, uniting nearly 45,000 nurses, professional and technical employees, direct care workers, and service employees in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home and community-based services, and state facilities across the Commonwealth. Together, we work to protect patient care, expand access to quality health care for all, and to lives of healthcare workers. We accomplish these goals by organizing non-union healthcare workers, driving industry standards in our contracts and fighting for legislation that affects health care in our state. SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is affiliated with SEIU Healthcare, part of the Service Employees International Union which represents 2.1 million working people in health care, public services, and property services.

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