FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Dan Frankel
Frankel: Time for Pa. to implement health care law so help can be on the way
HARRISBURG, June 28 Ė State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, welcomed today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act and said it's time for Gov. Tom Corbett and the legislature to act so Pennsylvanians can benefit fully from the law.
"Iím delighted that the Supreme Court upheld the health care law. This will put an end to insurance industry practices that may have made sense from a business perspective, but failed as health policies," Frankel said.
"Now women know they wonít be charged more than men for the same insurance. People wonít face losing health care coverage when they get sick. And the estimated 20 to 69 percent of Pennsylvanians who would be considered to have pre-existing conditions canít be denied health care when they need to buy it.
"This law creates important insurance reform, but it is also sound health care policy," Frankel said. "Many people will be able to access basic preventative care without any extra cost. Immunizations, some cancer screening, and well-woman visits for women under 65 will all be available without co-payments, or co-insurance, or deductibles. Women will no longer need to choose between an annual exam and food or gas.
"One of Corbettís first actions as governor was to kick about 40,000 people off their adultBasic health insurance. As attorney general and governor, he participated in a lawsuit against health reform that has provided another 95,000 Pennsylvanians with insurance," Frankel said.
"I was pleased the governor said today that he 'will work to ensure Pennsylvanians have access to affordable and quality health care.' I hope that means the administration has stopped trying to prevent Pennsylvanians from having insurance, and instead will work toward making health insurance available and affordable for all.
"He can do that by implementing the Affordable Care Act at the state level, creating a health insurance exchange and adopting the revenue-neutral Medicaid expansion to cover 800,000 more people. It's time for quick and decisive implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania."
The White House (www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform) reports these effects of the Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania: