governor's second term speach:
governor rendell unveils historic 'prescription for pennsylvania' to provide access to affordable, quality health care for all pennsylvanians
cover all pennsylvanians
creation of cover all pennsylvanians (cap), a program offering affordable basic health coverage to small businesses and the uninsured through the private insurance market
uninsured adults who earn less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level and employees of small businesses whose average wages are lower than the pennsylvania average will get help paying cap premiums through discounts and subsidies. for example, a family of four who earns up to $60,000 a year will be eligible for assistance.
every uninsured adult who earns more than 300 percent of the federal poverty level can participate in cap by paying the full cost of the premium, which will be approximately $280 per month.
impose a "fair share" tax on employers who do not provide health insurance equal to 3 percent of their payroll
smokers and businesses that do not provide employee health insurance would pay higher taxes
to further enhance access to health care, the prescription for pennsylvania will enable nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, midwives, physician assistants, pharmacists, dental hygienists and other licensed health care providers to practice to the fullest extent of their training and skills.
promotes incentives for health care providers who offer services in the evenings and on weekends, which will help to discourage consumers from seeking emergency room treatment for routine medical concerns.
significant reforms that will increase the accountability of everyone in the health care system: consumers, hospitals and other care providers. the initiative will focus on improving patient safety by eliminating hospital-acquired infections and targeting avoidable medical errors...
...plan also updates decades-old hospital regulations to require state-of-the-art patient safety and electronic health records, initiatives that will improve the quality of care patients receive and, in turn, drive down costs.
for more information on governor rendell's prescription for pennsylvania and the proposed cover all pennsylvanians program, visit www.gohcr.state.pa.us
tv stations in philly focused on health coverage of all pa citizens + increased use and expansion of np's practice in pa.
see video: [color=#11327f]rendell details health care reform plan
he's meeting at univ. of penn's school of nursing today to discuss plan in depth.