Monday, November 23, 2009

Sibelius: Health Care Reform Benefits for PA

From the inbox:

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the release of a new report highlighting the benefits of health insurance reform for Pennsylvania. Health Insurance Reform and Pennsylvania: The Case for Change is available now at

“Families, seniors and businesses are all suffering under the health care status quo,” said Sebelius. “Our new reports demonstrate how health insurance reform will improve health care for all Americans.”

The report provides specific details on the benefits of reform for Pennsylvania. Under health insurance reform in Pennsylvania:

* 1.3 million residents who do not currently have insurance and 683,000 residents who have nongroup insurance could get affordable coverage through the health insurance exchange.
* 904,000 residents could qualify for premium tax credits to help them purchase health coverage.
* 2.2 million seniors would receive free preventive services.
* 393,000 seniors would have their brand-name drug costs in the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” halved.
* 151,000 small businesses could be helped by a small business tax credit to make premiums more affordable.

The full PA report is online at:


Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I don't know what kind of health care reform will come out of this session, but I strongly suspect it won't be much. There is, however a silver lining behind this very dark cloud. I am reminded of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Don't be embarrassed if you've never heard of it, there really isn't a hell of a lot to remember about it; a mere pittance, really - a scrap of leftovers tossed out to "American Negros" (in the parlance of the age) in order to appease them. But it made the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - the one we remember - all-the-more easier seven years later.

We'll live to fight another day.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

AboveAvgJane said...


You make an excellent point.