FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike Sturla
Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee
State Rep. Tony DeLuca
Democratic Policy Committee looks at health care issues in Pa.
PITTSBURGH, March 24 – The House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing today at the William E. Anderson Library to look at health care issues in the Commonwealth, said Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.
The hearing looked at the impact that the termination of adultBasic has had on former enrollees, as well as controversial health care-related bills being considered in the General Assembly. State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, who serves as Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, requested the hearing and served as its co-chairman.
"The majority party has made clear their intention to sidestep public comment when it comes to moving contentious bills through the legislative process, and on no issue is this intention more ill-advised than on health care," Sturla said. "If the termination of adultBasic and the committee passage of House Bill 42 with no public hearing are any indication, the House Republicans are clearly planning an assault on health care options in our Commonwealth."
"As we note the one-year anniversary of the signing of the federal health care reform law, we are still hard at work trying to resurrect the adultBasic plan – a plan which provided basic health care for 40,000-plus low-income citizens. At the end of the day, this will cause uncompensated care costs to grow significantly and will cost every taxpayer,” DeLuca said.
The testifiers at the Pittsburgh hearing included Georgeanne Koehler, member, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania; Erin Gill, Western PA Education and Implementation coordinator, Pennsylvania Health Access Network; Beth Heeb, executive director, Consumer Health Coalition; Dr. Julia Skapik, member, National Physicians' Alliance; and Rev. Ron Wanless, board of directors, United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania.
For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.