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Date:5/1/2008

ployers shed coverage and premium costs outpace inflation each year," said Deputy Insurance Commissioner George Hoover.

Between 2000 and 2006, more workers in Pennsylvania lost employer-provided health insurance than workers in any other state, except California.

Prescription for Pennsylvania is Governor Rendell's plan to ensure access to affordable health insurance for all Pennsylvanians, expand access to health care, improve the quality of care and bring health care costs under control for employers and workers.

The Pennsylvania Access to Basic Care program (PA ABC), the health insurance plan recently passed by the House of Representatives, expands on Governor Rendell's proposal.

Health coverage under PA ABC would be offered through private insurance companies. Employers could participate if they have not offered health care coverage to their employees for at least six months, if they have 50 or fewer employees and, if, on average, those employees earn less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or $31,200 per year.

All uninsured adults in Pennsylvania - regardless of employment status or income level - would be able to buy affordable health insurance through this program at the same premium rate the commonwealth pays. In addition, an individual from a family of four who earns up to $42,400 a year will receive help from the state in paying part of his or her ABC premium.

For more information about Governor Rendell's Prescription for Pennsylvania, visit http://www.rxforpa.com.

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