Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wolf Likely to Seek Merger of Health, Human Services

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wolf Likely to Seek Merger of Health, Human Services

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When Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his annual budget address Tuesday, he is expected to again propose consolidating the state's Department of Health and the Department of Human Services into one, unified department.

In his budget proposal last year, Mr. Wolf had advocated for combining four agencies -the departments of Health, Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Human Services - into a Health and Human Services Department, but a number of legislators and advocacy groups fought the idea.

There was less opposition to merging only health and human services. Advocates said there could be cost savings to the state, as well as better services for people who might need help from multiple programs that are currently housed in two different departments.

For instance, the Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC, provides nutrition education and food assistance to pregnant women and young children. It is currently run out of the Health Department, but most other nutrition assistance programs are run by the Department of Human Services.

Mr. Wolf's secretary of policy, Sarah Galbally, said the governor believes this is the best way to consolidate functions for the two agencies and the administration would continue to work with any legislators who have questions.

The governor's budget address will be followed by several weeks of hearings conducted by legislators, likely followed by wrangling between Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican leadership of the House and Senate over the budget. …

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