Posted on February 1, 2017
CONTACT: Sari Stevens
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HARRISBURG, January 30 – Sari Stevens, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to consolidate several commonwealth agencies into a single state Department of Health and Human Services:
“Since his first day in office, Gov. Wolf has promised to create a ‘government that works’ by promoting collaboration, streamlining the delivery of services to save limited state resources, and preserving access to the programs that Pennsylvanians need to get healthy and stay healthy. This consolidation fulfills that promise. The governor long has been a champion for family planning and other health and wellness programs that benefit women. Those issues remain a priority here. We’re confident in the governor’s approach and look forward to working with the administration to realize their commitments.”
Under the governor’s plan, four separate state departments — Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services — would be merged into a single Department of Health and Human Services, where the focus would remain on protecting public health. The four agencies currently serve similar and sometimes overlapping populations.
ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD PENNSYLVANIA ADVOCATES
In partnership with the three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, the state public affairs office in Harrisburg, works to achieve maximum public, governmental and media support for reproductive health care – including family planning – by developing, implementing and facilitating a statewide strategy.