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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 7, 2019 11:15 AM
From: Representative Frank Dermody
To: All House members
Subject: Any Willing Payer
Imagine riding in the back of an ambulance with lights flashing and sirens blaring with your spouse or child being rushed to the nearest emergency room. Then imagine being handed a large bill because this particular hospital has its own health insurance plan and won’t accept your insurance. Every day this tragedy happens in our state and it must stop now.

That is why I am proposing to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to require hospital systems that avoid taxes by operating as a non-profit or charity and selling their own insurance plans to accept reasonable reimbursement payments from uninsured patients and patients covered by other health insurance plans.

To be clear, this amendment would address situations like those affecting countless families at UPMC facilities.

It is my goal to preserve access to healthcare and to make sure no one goes broke because the ambulance took them to the wrong hospital.

It’s time to make sure tax exempt hospitals live up to their charitable missions. Please join me in this fight to protect Pennsylvanians and their families by cosponsoring this joint resolution.