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Governor Rendell Directs Insurance Commissioner to Delay Mcare Abatement Collection
Date:12/24/2007

rly $1 billion in Mcare payment relief as a result of the abatement. Over the past five years, the number of medical malpractice filings statewide has fallen while the number of insurers writing med mal policies in Pennsylvania has risen.

In 2007, the two largest providers of medical malpractice insurance proposed historic rate reductions of 11 percent and 6 percent on their med mal premiums, and the total amount of claims payouts for the year is half of the total amount of claims payouts made in 2003.

Governor Rendell's Cover All Pennsylvanians health insurance plan would ensure that the nearly 800,000 Pennsylvanians who are without health insurance would have access to affordable health care coverage. The plan focuses on providing a private sector-managed health care package for low wage small businesses that have not been able to offer coverage to their employees and for other uninsured individuals.

For additional information on the Mcare abatement program please visit http://www.mcare.state.pa.us, and for further information about the Cover All Pennsylvanians health insurance program visit http://www.rxforpa.com.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit http://www.governor.state.pa.us.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The text of the Governor's recent letter to health care providers is attached.

Dec. 21, 2007

Dear Health Care Provider:

Five years ago, I proposed the creation of the Mcare abatement program to help physicians and midwives pay for their malpractice insurance. I mad
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