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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

management of chronic diseases and the $965 million spent on avoidable medical errors and readmissions to hospitals.

He said the rate decreases are also dependent on long-overdue insurance reforms which he has proposed as part of his health care reform plan. Those include no longer allowing medical history to be used when insuring small businesses and individuals; giving the Insurance Department greater authority to review health insurance rate increases; and requiring that at least 85 cents of each health insurance dollar be used by insurance companies to provide health care. He has been urging the legislature to pass those reforms this fall.

Over the past five years, the cost of health care in Pennsylvania has gone up 75 percent while average wages have only increased by 13 percent. If historical trends continue, the cost to insure a family of four in 2011 would top $20,000 per year, representing about one-third of the annual household income for a family of that size.

Cover All Pennsylvanians is the Governor's proposal to expand access to affordable health insurance for small businesses and the uninsured. This portion of the Governor's Prescription for Pennsylvania health care reform plan was recently introduced in both chambers of the legislature by Rep. Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) and Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) as HB 1870 and SB 1117, respectively.

"I applaud Sen. Costa and Rep. Sturla for their leadership. By introducing our CAP legislation, they are helping us reach our goal of expanded access to health care. I encourage the legislature to quickly take up and enact these bills so that all Pennsylvanians have access to health care coverage."

Details of the Governor's health care reform initiative may be found at http://www.rxforpa.com.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and
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