Senator Eichelberger’s Priorities Bill Passes Senate Committee

HARRISBURG (April 26, 2017) – Senate Bill 300, sponsored by Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr, (R-Blair), passed favorably out of the Senate Finance Committee this morning.  Following the vote, Senator Eichelberger offered these statements:

“This important legislation improves the system of publicly funded family planning services for women and families in Pennsylvania in two ways.  It will prioritize funds so that service providers offering the broadest array of services receive the most funding, securing that the women and families who seek these services will have better care.  Secondly, because the health care provided will be generally more comprehensive and delivered directly, it will save on the long-term costs of health care.”

“As was discussed at the hearing, Planned Parenthood, a current provider in this system, when compared to FQHC’s, provides only 3 of 13 areas of service identified by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  They provide no prenatal services in Pennsylvania.  This level of service is unacceptable for our citizens.”

Please contact Patrick Schurr, Executive Assistant, at 1-866-509-EICH(3424) or email pschurr@pasen.gov for additional information.