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Governor Rendell Says Funds Are Within Reach to Cover the Uninsured, Continue Mcare Abatement Program
Date:12/4/2007

s in the Health Care Provider Retention Account, CAP could be funded by a combination of the existing funds used to support the AdultBasic program (since CAP would replace and expand on Adult Basic), an increase in the cigarette tax, a first-time ever tax on other tobacco products including smokeless tobacco, and redirection of state-provided uncompensated care payments to health care institutions as the number of patients requiring uncompensated care declines.

The Governor said that he shares the sense of urgency the House Democrats are feeling to help the thousands of Pennsylvanians who are pressing for access to affordable health care coverage. He said he understands why House Democrats are reluctant to take action to maintain the Mcare abatement program for health care providers, who have received nearly $1 billion in abatement relief over the past five years, without making parallel progress on making health coverage available to those Pennsylvanians who cannot currently afford it.

"The House Democrats believe that protections for patients need to have the same priority as protection for physicians, and I support that. The good news is that we can do both - provide health insurance for the uninsured, provide access to health care providers for everyone, and help those providers keep their malpractice insurance costs manageable."

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 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.

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