House Democratic Policy Committee to examine potential of single teacher health care plan for the state

HARRISBURG, April 28 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich will host a House Democratic Policy Committee informational hearing along with Republican state Rep. Bernie O’Neill on a proposal that could save taxpayer dollars through the creation of a single health care coverage plan for the entire commonwealth. 


"With 500 school districts in the Commonwealth and many different health plans providing coverage, we need to hear from the experts," Kavulich said. "Our goal is to gather real-world data to help us determine how to go forward in potentially consolidating these many plans while helping school districts, protecting teachers, and saving our taxpayers their hard-earned dollars." 


The hearing will be held 11 a.m. Monday, May 2 in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.


The current hearing agenda is:

    11 a.m.           Welcome and opening remarks


    11:10 a.m.      Panel One:

Dr. Michael Mahon, superintendent, Abington Heights School District

Brian Rinaldi, business manager, Old Forge School District


    11:50 a.m.      Panel Two:

Jay Himes, executive director, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials

Chuck Peterson, chief financial officer and director of finance, budget and accounting, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16

    12:30 p.m.        Vince Phillips, representative, Pa. Association of Health Underwriters


    12:50 p.m.      Closing remarks 


The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited. The hearing will be streamed live at .