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.
“I am again introducing legislation to establish the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan.
Similar legislation has been introduced on at least 4 occasions in the House over the past 9 years.
This legislation sets out a blueprint of bold steps that will result in a healthier citizenry at a lower cost with no co-pays, deductibles or premiums or concern about networks and with the freedom and flexibility to choose their health care providers.
This legislation improves upon our current health care delivery system in many ways. First and foremost, it preserves the private practice of medicine and the right of patients to choose their healthcare providers.
Briefly, the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan is a system in which the Pennsylvania Health Care Agency administers a plan that ensures the cost effective delivery of covered services that range from catastrophic care to wellness and preventative care.
Health Care Providers would have autonomy over patient care.
The program will be supported by the savings realized from replacing today’s less than efficient, often profit-oriented, multiple payer system with a streamlined Pennsylvania Health Care Trust Fund.
The Pennsylvania Health Care Trust Fund will be funded by a 10% employer tax paid on payroll and a 3% personal income tax.
Using our respective Caucuses as an example, we would save millions in health insurance costs if the caucuses were to pay an amount equal to 10% of payroll versus the premium payments currently made.
One benefit for Plan participants is knowing definitively their healthcare cost exposure for the year.
This is a complex topic and I will be hosting a number of informational sessions to answer questions and to get your input.
I have also attached a chart that depicts the organizational structure of the Plan and highlights how the Plan would function.”
(Please note: The memorandum being circulated among members of the PA State House has the above referenced flow chart attached.)