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Governor Rendell Calls on Senate to Return to Harrisburg, Work with House to Address Critical, Unresolved Health Care Issues
Date:11/10/2008

would have drawn down federal matching funds of 54 cents of every dollar of state funds presently allocated for adultBasic.

"Over the summer and throughout the fall, the administration met with Senate Republican leadership and offered several compromise proposals that would have covered fewer people, but would still have offered much needed coverage to tens of thousands of hard working Pennsylvania men and women. The Senate left without negotiating or voting on any of those compromises, despite more than 120,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians on the adultBasic waiting list.

"If Senate members return to join their colleagues in the House, they will have ample time to negotiate these proposals and pass a plan that could be up and running by late spring," the Governor said.

"I first announced a program to cover the uninsured nearly two years ago, so the General Assembly understands the proposals and the seriousness of the problem facing uninsured Pennsylvanians. What better legacy could this General Assembly leave than giving people who are desperate for health care an option that could bring them much needed peace of mind and, in some instances, save their lives?"

Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent letters to Senate Republican leadership providing a status report of negotiations the administration has been involved in for more than a year to gain federal funding for a large portion of the ABC program. CMS said the ABC plan was reasonable and consistent with its requirements in the areas of benefits and eligibility. It said that it expects legislation to be in place before implementation of the program.

In addition to ABC, two other issues remained unresolved when the Senate adjourned before the election. The first is continuation of the Mcare abatement, which has helped doctors pay their medical malpractice premiums. Over the past five years, this program, which was created by Governor Rendell, has paid do
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