Current Legislation

Yes, we still have some ways to go before making The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan a reality, but we’ve already made it to the halls of Harrisburg. As February, 2017, begins our ‘Medicare for All’ bill will be reintroduced by Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio — let’s get our State Rep’s to sign on! The first step is to call your State Representatives and ask them to sign on to Rep DeLissio’s co-sponsorship memorandum (at bottom of page).  Our bill to provide statewide comprehensive health care coverage –  has been introduced into every legislation session since 2007. When enough of us demand healthcare for all, the bill will pass.

If you want to read the full text of the bill, click here. If you want just some of the highlights, scroll down.

Some of the more basic points include:

  • It covers all Pennsylvania residents
  • It covers all of the following, but is not limited to:
    • All medically necessary inpatient and outpatient care and treatment, both primary and secondary
    • Emergency services
    • Emergency and other medically necessary transport to covered health services
    • Rehabilitation services, including speech, occupational, physical and massage therapy
    • Inpatient and outpatient mental health services and substance abuse treatment
    • Hospice care
    • Prescription drugs and prescribed medical nutrition
    • Vision care, aids and equipment
    • Hearing care, hearing aids and equipment
    • Diagnostic medical tests, including laboratory tests and imaging procedures
    • Medical supplies and prescribed medical equipment
    • Immunizations, preventive care, health maintenance care and screening
    • Dental care
    • Home health care services
    • Chiropractic and massage therapy
    • Complementary and alternative medical procedures that have been shown by the National Institute of Health’s Division of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to be safe and effective for possible inclusion as covered benefits
    • Long-term care for those unable to care for themselves independently, including assisted and skilled care
  • It doesn’t exclude or limit coverage due to preexisting conditions
  • It eliminates co-payments, deductibles, point-of-service charges or any other fees or charges for a service
  • It allows free choice of providers, including specialists, without pre-approvals or referral

So, click here to get your legislators’ information and let them know about your support of this bill.  Would talking points help?  They are available here.