As Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf has taken a different approach to Harrisburg by prioritizing important responsibilities like protecting our seniors, making sure children receive the education we need them to have, working with law enforcement and treatment centers to battle the opioid and heroin epidemic, and rebuilding Pennsylvania’s middle class by putting more people to work.
Tom has made clear his strong commitment to education in Pennsylvania by fighting to restore critical education funding cuts, provide unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, ensure students are college and career ready, and making sure funding is distributed fairly. As a result of his fight for greater investment, schools have received an additional $465 million in two years for K-12 education, along with millions more for Pre-K and higher education.
Tom has made fighting the opioid crisis a top priority of his administration and is continuing to work across the aisle to address this looming public health issue. He is the advocate that families struggling with addiction need in Harrisburg. Tom provided funding to implement 45 treatment centers throughout the commonwealth and has expanded access to treatment for more than 100,000 individuals with substance use disorder.
Tom has improved home-based and community-based care services so that more seniors can have options for getting the care they needed without having to move out of their homes. And when health insurers threatened to kick 180,000 seniors off their health plans, Tom stepped in and took those insurance companies to court to save those seniors from losing their health care.
Tom also expanded health care access to over 700,000 Pennsylvanians and under his leadership the commonwealth’s uninsured population from 14 percent in 2013 to 6.4 percent today. Tom also saved 3,600 children from losing Children’s health insurance, while also providing health care for over 20,000 new children, and he fought to save 180,000 seniors from losing their Medicare Advantage.
Tom has always been a different kind of leader and he has brought this experience to his role as governor. Since day one in office, Tom has fought for the people of Pennsylvania and he will continue to serve the best interests of the commonwealth.