Apr. 12, 2022

HARRISBURG- Legislation authored by state Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming) that would make permanent two health care regulations waived during the COVID-19 pandemic has passed the House unanimously.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted many aspects of our lives, it provided the General Assembly an opportunity to take a close look at red tape. Many regulations were waived during the pandemic to create flexibility and better access to essential goods and services,” said Wheeland. “Some of those waivers continue to be valuable and should not be reinstated simply because the pandemic has ended.”

Prior to the pandemic, non-physician practitioners were unable to order or oversee orders for home health care services. Additionally, registered nurses were not able to perform remote visits to patients in need of home health care services. Due to great need, those regulations were waived during the pandemic. Wheeland’s House Bill 2401 would make these exceptions permanent, so health care services are more accessible to those individuals who cannot leave their homes to obtain care or treatment.

“There are many Pennsylvanians who will continue to benefit from home health care services. My bill ensures that more people get access to the health care they need and deserve,” Wheeland added.

Questions about this legislation or any other state government issue should be directed to Wheeland’s office at 570-321-1270.

Representative Jeff C. Wheeland
83rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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