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Down syndrome Protection Act Advances

Pennsylvania House Health Committee took a decisive 17-9 vote in support of House Bill 2050, the Down syndrome Protection Act. The legislation (and its companion Senate Bill 1050) would ban abortion of an unborn child as a result of a Down syndrome diagnosis. The bill proceeded to the
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Faith Used to Fight Opioid Addiction

From a WHTM ABC27 special report on the opioid epidemic featuring the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Evergreen House. With the number of overdose deaths only continuing to get worse, we thought we’d look at a supplemental approach to recovery that addicts may want to consider. Faith ca
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Diocese to hold opioid response training sessions for clergy, pastoral ministers and parish staff in March

From The Catholic Accent — The Diocese of Greensburg will host a series of education and training sessions during March to help priests, parish staffs and diocesan employees respond to the opioid crisis. The training sessions are a continuation of Bishop Edward C. Malesic’s initiative
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Philadelphia’s Sacred Heart Home “A miracle in my life.”

The doors of North Philadelphia’s Sacred Heart Home opened in 1930. The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne have been offering free medical care and a place to call “home” in every sense of the word to incurable cancer patients ever since. For the last year, Jim, who suffers from a form of
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Senate Committee Gives New Life to POLST Debate

The Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to advance Senate Bill 623 on December 12, 2017, kicking off the legislative process. There are many more steps before it could become law. The measure would codify the use of Pennsylvania Orders for Life Su
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Mid-Session Legislative Wrap Up

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is taking a mid-session break and will resume session late in January 2018. 2017 was a very busy year and more issues are on the horizon for 2018. Here is the status of the several high priority bills that are on the legislative agenda of the Pennsylv
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House Committee Approves Measure Condemning Child Pornography

The Health Committee within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved a resolution which condemns the free availability of pornography based on the public health hazard that it presents by harming children and families across the Commonwealth. “It’s a public awareness res
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“Right to Try” and Pediatric Cancer Bills Signed into Law

Two pieces of health care-related legislation were recently signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf. Act 33 of 2017, dubbed the “Right to Try” law, will provide terminally ill patients the opportunity to try experimental treatments, such as investigational drugs, biological products and
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Senate Committee Approves Bill to Reauthorize CHIP; Maintains Funding is Used for Intended Purpose

The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee voted 14-1 in favor of House Bill 1388 which would reauthorize the Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which is set to expire on December 31, 2017. The measure would allow CHIP to continue through December
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