Decision Makes Insurance Available To Many More Pennsylvanians
The following is a statement from Bruce A. MacLeod, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a practicing emergency medicine physician from Pittsburgh. Dr. MacLeod’s statement is made in response to federal officials approving a waiver to expanding Medicaid for Pennsylvania.
Federal officials have approved a waiver to expanding Medicaid that will allow Gov. Tom Corbett’s state-specific health insurance solution to move forward and provide coverage through the state’s Healthy PA initiative. The initiative should aid more than 600,000 Pennsylvanians through private, commercial insurance that includes national standards around essential health benefits, mental health parity, and preventive care. Benefit packages are anticipated to be similar to those provided in the commercial market to working Pennsylvanians through their employers.
Since the very first mention of health care reform, the Pennsylvania Medical Society has supported efforts to expand access to affordable, quality health insurance. While many have debated the method to expand healthcare at both the federal and state levels, the Pennsylvania Medical Society has focused on the end-result – getting more Pennsylvanians access to health insurance.
Now, more than ever before, is it important to strengthen health care teams and assure all Pennsylvanians have access to quality care provided by physician-led health care teams. Having health insurance is one thing. Accessing health care is another. The Pennsylvania Medical Society strongly urges the legislature to continue its work to strengthen health care teams and assure all Pennsylvanians have access to the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society looks forward to working with Governor Corbett and his administration on the implementation of the Healthy PA waiver and other efforts to expand access to affordable, quality health care across the state.