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Governor Rendell Brings 'Tour to Insure' to Scranton and Urges Passage of Plan to Give Access to Affordable Health Insurance
Date:10/12/2007

SCRANTON, Pa., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just one week after Cover All Pennsylvanians, the centerpiece of his "Prescription for Pennsylvania," was introduced in the General Assembly, Governor Edward G. Rendell today visited the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce as part of his statewide "Tour to Insure." The five-day, nine-stop tour is highlighting the need to lower health care costs and expand coverage. Lackawanna County has more than 11,000 uninsured adults.

"More than 11,000 adults in Lackawanna County don't have insurance, which means they are more likely to forgo needed care, get sicker more often and for longer," said Governor Rendell. "We need to remember that these are not just statistics -- we're talking about real people who work hard every day to provide for their families, but still don't have access to affordable health care. The current situation is bad for businesses and bad for workers and it needs to change."

Governor Rendell said three-out-of-every-four people who are uninsured work for a living, and many of them work for small businesses who cannot afford to provide coverage. The Governor said his Cover All Pennsylvanians (CAP) health insurance initiative and the rest of his Prescription for Pennsylvania will help every person in the commonwealth.

"If my entire Prescription for Pennsylvania was passed, within five years small businesses would save between 20 - 30 percent on their health insurance premiums and larger businesses would save 16 percent," Governor Rendell said. "Just think of that -- businesses have been seeing spikes and substantial rate increases every year and now, rates wouldn't just stabilize, they would actually decrease."

The Governor said that the rate decreases would be due to parts of his Prescription for Pennsylvania which have already been passed such as reducing the $3.5 billion spent treating avoidable hospital acquired infections, the $1.7 billion wasted because of inadequate
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