The House Health Committee passed the Patient Safety Act, which would mandate safe staffing ratios in hospitals across Pennsylvania. Nurses celebrated this first important step after spending decades advocating for this legislation. A full floor vote is expected in the coming weeks.
Merck—which made $59.3 billion in revenue and $14.5 billion in profits in 2022—argued Tuesday that the Biden administration's effort to lower exorbitant drug prices for seniors would somehow restrict its ability to invest in new cures and treatments.
An estimated 519,000 Pennsylvanians could lose access to Medicaid health insurance, nearly half-a-million residents would lose access to food assistance, and Pennsylvania veterans would lose 272,600 doctors visits for issues like mental health and substance disorder treatment.
House Republicans have spent their first 100 days in power discussing plans to cut social programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food assistance and conducting half-baked and conspiracy-fueled investigations.