FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Flo Fabrizio
State Rep. Tony DeLuca
HDPC continues examination of implementation of Affordable Care Act
ERIE, Aug. 28 – The House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing today at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center about the state’s implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to committee Vice Chairman Flo Fabrizio, D-Erie.
Fabrizio requested the hearing and it was co-chaired by state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, who is Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee
Fabrizio said, “It’s incumbent upon us as legislators to help facilitate the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Our responsibility rests with providing the citizens of Pennsylvania with an efficient and effective pathway to affordable health care. Public hearings afford us the opportunity to garner valuable input from all stakeholders and will help us help all Pennsylvanians."
DeLuca added, "This is a complicated law, and there is a lot of confusion out there. I hope this public hearing will clear up some of the incorrect information and clarify the more complex provisions."
Those testifying at the hearing included: Sam Marshall, president/CEO, Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania; Debora Wood, chief operating officer, Adagio Health; Vince Phillips, government affairs professional, Pennsylvania Association of Health Insurance Underwriters; and Erin-Gill Ninehouser, education and outreach coordinator for western PA, Pennsylvania Health Access Network.
For more information about the Policy Committee or for hearing materials, visit www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.