FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike Sturla
House Democratic Policy Committee looks at implementation of
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
PHILADELPHIA, July 17 – State lawmakers from the House Democratic Policy Committee heard from health care advocates at a public hearing today regarding the implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, said.
State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, also attended the hearing, which centered on determining who is affected by the health care law and Pennsylvania’s progress in implementation its components.
“Since becoming law the Affordable Care Act has already helped millions of Pennsylvanians gain access to preventative care, more affordable prescription drugs and receive rebates from their insurers – and even more will reap its benefits in 2014,” Sturla said. “Governor Corbett, like many others, criticized the law, but now the Commonwealth must continue its implementation in earnest.”
DeLuca added, “This is a complicated law and there is quite a bit of misinformation out there. It is my hope this public hearing provided an opportunity to clear up some of the incorrect assumptions and clarify some of the complex provisions, some of which already are in place.”
Those testifying at the hearing included: Kati Sipp, executive vice president, SEIU Health Care Pennsylvania; Laval Miller-Wilson, executive director, Pennsylvania Health Law Project; and Antoinette Kraus, project director, Pennsylvania Health Access Network.
For more information about the Policy Committee or hearing materials visit www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.