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Governor Rendell Offers Coverage to 29,000 on AdultBasic Waiting List; Unveils New Policy to Improve Quality of Care for the Low-Income and Pennsylvanians With Disabilities
Date:1/22/2008

ut it's not nearly enough."

AdultBasic offers necessary benefits -- including preventative care, physician services, diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury, in-patient hospitalization, out-patient hospital services, emergency accident care and medical care -- to uninsured Pennsylvanians between the ages of 19 and 64. For eligibility and enrollment information, call 1-800-GO-BASIC or visit the Pennsylvania Insurance Department's Web site, http://www.ins.state.pa.us.

AdultBasic is funded by proceeds from the commonwealth's share of the national tobacco settlement and is augmented through General Fund allocations and through the Community Health Reinvestment Agreement negotiated by the state with Pennsylvania's four Blue Cross Blue Shield plans.

The second announcement the Governor made today focused on making quality health care accessible to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens.

"Too often we learn that during an extended hospital stay, patients have received care that poses serious and sometimes fatal health risks," the Governor said. "According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, these unnecessary errors are costing Pennsylvania businesses, consumers and taxpayers over $960 million annually. Through this initiative, we are taking steps to ensure that payment for services through the Medical Assistance program is made to hospitals based on their efforts to provide quality care to our consumers."

Based on National Quality Forum standards, the Department of Public Welfare, in collaboration with the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania developed the new policy to help in identifying preventable, serious adverse events and provide a starting point for health care facilities to establish measures and actions to be taken to actively improve the safety of patient care.

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