SCRANTON, May 13, 2024 – State Senator Katie Muth (D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks), chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee, and Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) will join Senator Marty Flynn (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne) and state Rep. Bridget Kosierowski (D-Lackawanna) to co-host a public hearing tomorrow in Scranton on access to healthcare and hospital care in the Commonwealth. 

The hearing will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at Lackawanna College, located at 501 Vine Street in Scranton. The hearing will also accommodate virtual participation and anyone interested in participating via Zoom can click here to register

A 2023 report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health concluded that barriers to healthcare are often determined by the location where a person resides. Approximately 2 million Pennsylvania residents live in areas designated as dental or mental healthcare Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and 500,000 lived in primary care HPSAs in 2022.The hearing will focus on the issue of healthcare deserts and how to increase access to healthcare in all areas of the Commonwealth.

Scheduled participants in the hearing include Tammy Torres, President, Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton; and Patrick Keenan, Director of Policy & Partnerships, Pennsylvania Health Access Network. 

The hearing will also be live-streamed at and on Senator Muth’s Facebook page

Media participation is encouraged.

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