Navigation Links
PA ABC Health Care Proposal Will Benefit Small Businesses, Revenue Secretary Says

YORK, Pa., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The PA Access to Basic Care plan, which has passed the state House and has been awaiting action by the Senate since March, could help thousands of small businesses afford health insurance for their employees, said Department of Revenue Secretary and former York County business owner Tom Wolf at a Rotary luncheon in York today.

"The vast majority of Pennsylvania's 767,000 uninsured adults have full-time jobs and many are employed by small businesses," said Wolf. "More and more, these small businesses have to choose between continuing to pay hefty insurance premiums and letting their employees go without vital health insurance.

"This plan provides relief to small businesses that struggle the most with providing insurance to employees," said Wolf. "Care grants totaling $42 million would provide incentive to these companies to continue providing health insurance to employees, and Pennsylvania would become one of the first states in the nation to provide financial assistance to small businesses that are doing the right thing by providing health care to their employees."

PA ABC will make affordable basic health insurance available through the private insurance market to eligible small businesses that don't offer health insurance to their employees, Wolf said during a discussion about the state budget.

Small business employers would be eligible to join ABC if they have 50 or fewer employees with an average wage of $31,200. Employers will pay approximately $150 per employee per month toward the premium. Small business employees with family incomes up to 200 percent of federal poverty level will pay $0 to $50 per month as their contributions for health coverage. Those with family incomes greater than 200 percent will pay $150 for coverage.

Considering the cost of health care has soared 75 percent in the past five years alone, a growing number of small businesses must choose between continuing to pay hefty insurance premiums and dropping health coverage for employees. According to the Economic Policy Institute, between 2000 and 2006, almost a half million Pennsylvanians lost employer-based health insurance - second only to California.

"It's not just the uninsured who pay a price, as almost 7 cents of each dollar paid in insurance premiums is spent to cover the cost of health care for the uninsured," said Wolf. "Every Pennsylvanian pays the cost for an inadequate health care system, and we can no longer afford to ignore the need for real and effective health care reform."

In January 2007, Governor Edward G. Rendell introduced Cover All Pennsylvanians, a plan to provide access to health insurance coverage for the uninsured and for low-wage small businesses. In March 2008, the Democratic House leadership introduced a proposal called Pennsylvania Access to Better Care, or PA ABC, to insure about 275,00 uninsured adults over the next five years. For more information on that proposal, including a 10-year financial analysis, visit

CONTACT: Stephanie Weyant

(717) 787-6960

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
2. UCLA researchers identify markers that may predict diabetes in still-healthy people
3. Air pollution linked to cardiovascular risk indices in healthy young adults
4. More proof needed of safety and quality of electronic personal health records
5. Health care incentive model offers collaborative approach
6. Loneliness is bad for your health
7. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
8. Green Tea May Brew Up Healthier Skin
9. For Health Info, Women Often Turn to the Web
10. Record Number of Americans Lack Health Insurance
11. U.S. Research Funding Continues to Flatten as U.S. Health Costs Climb - in August 31 Science
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... A revolution is underway. ... ambulance transport experience for the millions of people who require these medical transport ... taxi industry through the use of technology. Now, SmartEMS has put forth an ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, ... editors can give their videos a whole new perspective by using the title ... Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... policy issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at ... on several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest ... as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are ... Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... the pursuit of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high ... low, risk more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT) (NASDAQ: ... novel therapeutics for the treatment of grievous blood-based ... closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering ... public offering price of $18.75 per share. All ... by GBT. GBT estimates net proceeds from the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... BEIJING , June 24, 2016 Dehaier ... or the "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical ... China , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with ... as "Hongyuan Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to ... Under the strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Belgium , June 24, 2016 ... the appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher ... Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher was ... Nominations and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive member ... independent expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: