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PA governor has big ideas to cut health costs and provide more coverage

Managed Care Weekly Advisor, January 24, 2007

Edward G. Rendell governor of Pennsylvania, announced a plan to provide coverage for the state's 767,000 uninsured residents, as well as target the increasing amount of unnecessary healthcare costs, which were more than $7.6 billion last year alone, according to an article in the Philadephia Inquirer.

The proposal, which includes 47 initiatives, is modeled after plans being implemented by Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont.

The Inquirer article also notes, "Lower-income adults would pay as little as $10 a month for coverage including presciption drugs. Higher-income workers would pay up to $280 per person, the estimated monthly price for a state-subsidized policy. Rendell's plan would also create restrictions to discourage businesses from dropping benefits."

Rendell said he would like the legislature to be approved by the end of June and for it to take effect by January 2008.

Click here to read the Philadelphia Inquirer article.