Senate Passes Erickson’s Community-Based Health Care Clinics Initiative

For Immediate Release
3/19/13

Implements $4 million plan included in Gov. Corbett’s budget proposal.

Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Ted Erickson (R-26) to help develop and expand community-based health care clinics was approved today by the Senate.

Senate Bill 5 implements a $4 million program outlined by Gov. Tom Corbett in his 2013-14 budget address, creating the Community-Based Health Care Program in the Department of Health to provide grants to community-based health care clinics.

“Community-based health care clinics provide the uninsured and underinsured with a medical home that emphasizes a partnership among the patient, physician, nurses, and clinic staff,” said Erickson. “These health clinics become the place where patients are known, recognized, supported, and where they find a centralized base for medical care and connection to other medical and supportive community services.”

In contrast to the new federal health care law and other proposals, Senate Bill 5 would provide access to actual care – not simply to health insurance.

“Health clinics provide high-quality and cost-effective health care regardless of patients’ insurance status or ability to pay. They also help to reduce the use of costly hospital emergency visits, and avoidable hospital admissions,” said Erickson. “Today’s vote moves Pennsylvania closer to the day when quality health care is accessible to many who don’t currently have it.”

The bill has been introduced four times since 2008, gaining Senate approval in the last two legislative sessions. Senate Bill 5 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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