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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 15, 2014 01:50 PM
From: Representative Florindo J. Fabrizio
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship: FABRIZIO - Re-enactment Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Act
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation extending the sunset period for the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Act through June 2020. This act, which created the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, or PHC4, is scheduled to sunset on June 30, 2014.

PHC4 has three primary responsibilities:
  • To collect, analyze and make available to the public data about the cost and quality of health care in Pennsylvania;
  • To study, upon request, the issue of access to care for those Pennsylvanians who are uninsured, and
  • To review and make recommendations about proposed or existing mandated health insurance benefits upon request of the legislative or executive branches of the Commonwealth.
As an independent agency, PHC4 is responsible addressing rapidly growing health care costs. The Council's strategy to contain costs is to stimulate competition in the health care market by:
  • Giving comparative information about the most efficient and effective health care providers to individual consumers and group purchasers of health services, and
  • Giving information to health care providers that they can use to identify opportunities to contain costs and improve the quality of care they deliver.
With health care cost stifling economic growth and putting added burdens on businesses, individuals and families in Pennsylvania, it is of the utmost importance that we not permit the Health Care Cost Containment Act to sunset. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation by contacting Camila Polaski in my Harrisburg office at (717) 787-4358 or via email at cpolaski@pahouse.net.

Introduced as HB1983