State Rep. Mike Sturla

Chairman, Democratic Policy Committee




Democratic Policy Committee further explores the impact of the adultBasic's termination


HARRISBURG, March 3 – The House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing today at the state Capitol to further explore health care issues in Pennsylvania, according to Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.


The hearing focused on the adultBasic situation, as well as recent legislative efforts to prevent federal health care reform from occurring in Pennsylvania.


"Governor Corbett allowed adultBasic to expire this past Monday and caused 42,000 Pennsylvanians to lose their health care, but somehow he found a way to give big business a $200 million tax deduction,” Sturla said. “Meanwhile, the House Republicans are moving legislation that would sharply limit health care access by blocking federal health care reform in our Commonwealth.”


Sturla added, “Today’s hearing gave the Policy Committee even more tragic stories of the uninsured. House Democrats will continue to fight to provide access to quality, affordable health care in Pennsylvania.” 


Those testifying at the hearing included Sharon Ward, executive director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center; Freddi Carlip, consumer, Pennsylvania Health Access Network; Kati Sipp, executive vice president, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania; Rev. Amy Reumann, director, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania; Peter Zurflieh, staff attorney, Community Justice Project; Rev. Jake Waybright, chairman, United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania.


For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit