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State Health Secretary Visits City of Chester for 'Cover the Uninsured' Week
Date:5/1/2008

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The House of Representatives, with bi-partisan support, passed a CAP-like program in March called Pennsylvania Access to Basic Care. The Governor said that while PA ABC does not cover as many people as CAP would have covered, it is an important step in the right direction.

In addition to providing access to health care to the uninsured and low-wage small businesses without insurance, Pennsylvania Access to Basic Care provides grants to low-wage small businesses that already offer their employees health insurance and need help coping with the escalating costs.

Aggressive efforts to expand the availability of health insurance are a hallmark of Governor Rendell's administration. With bipartisan support, Governor Rendell's "Cover All Kids" initiative was adopted in 2006, making health coverage available to all uninsured children through Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. The CHIP program is celebrating its 14th month of unprecedented enrollment and more than 170,000 children are now covered.

In addition to expanding access to affordable health care coverage for all Pennsylvanians, Governor Rendell's Prescription for Pennsylvania includes innovative proposals to improve the quality of care and bring health care costs under control for employers and employees. More information about the Governor's plan may be found at http://www.rxforPA.com.

CONTACT:

Stacy Kriedeman

(717) 787-1783


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