Brubaker Re-Introduces Bill to Expand Health Care to Low-Income Pennsylvanians

Brubaker Re-Introduces Bill to Expand Health Care to Low-Income Pennsylvanians
 
HARRISBURG – Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-36) re-introduced legislation today that would expand access to health care services for uninsured low-income Pennsylvanians.
 
Senate Bill 591 would create the Keystone Care Program to encourage doctors, hospitals, nurses, physician assistants and other health care providers to volunteer their services at community health care clinics. The volunteer network would expand health care access to underserved areas and offer access to specialty services for those with a demonstrated need.
 
“With the uncertainty surrounding the adultBasic program and the cloudy future of the federal health care law, it is important to ensure that the state take the necessary steps to make vital health care services available to our most vulnerable citizens,” Brubaker said.
 
Keystone Care was patterned after the Project Access program launched in 1996 in Asheville, North Carolina. The Project Access program is in use in Lancaster County and includes more than 600 participating doctors from all four Lancaster County hospitals.
 
“Project Access has been a tremendous success in Lancaster County, and I am hopeful that we can build on this success and create a statewide program to help low-income families in communities across the Commonwealth,” Brubaker said.
 
The Keystone Care Program would help serve state residents who earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level and are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid and cannot afford private insurance. The program would provide grants to approved health care resource networks to provide a full range of health care services in underserved areas.
 
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February 18th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | 9 Comments

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