Raising Women’s Voices

PA State Senate Lets Health Care Plan Die

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on October 23, 2008

The Pennsylvania Senate leadership did not allow a vote on any health care bills before leaving Harrisburg for the year, therefore precluding a vote on Pennsylvania Access to Basic Care (PA-ABC), a health care reform bill that would have provided health care and prescription drug benefits to more than 250,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians, including direct care workers.

Since the House approved PA-ABC last spring, the Senate has repeatedly criticized the plan for its failure to secure a long-term funding source beyond five years.  More recently, as state revenues decreased and the economy collapsed, Senators were hesitant to support a major expansion of a public program like PA-ABC. The Health Care for Health Care Workers Campaign, along with other allied organizations, advocated that the possibility of having to cut funding for PA-ABC in five years should not deny thousands who need reliable health care now.

Funding for PA ABC was to come from health account surpluses, smokeless tobacco taxes, and federal Medicaid spending….

For Full Article please visit: http://hchcw.org/archives/pa-state-senate-lets-health-care-plan-die

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