|Posted:||March 19, 2013 12:11 PM|
|From:||Senator Jim Ferlo|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Family and Business Health Care Security Act of 2013|
| In the near future I plan on re-introducing SB 400 from the last session.
For the past several years, a grass roots and nonpartisan group called Healthcare 4 All PA, consisting of health professionals and business people from across the Commonwealth has taken the initiative to draft health care reform legislation specific to Pennsylvania. Their proposal has received support across the Commonwealth as evidenced by the unanimous resolutions of the City Councils of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Erie. It has also received the enthusiastic endorsement of major Pennsylvania editorial boards.
This proposal importantly preserves patient choice and privacy. Patients will continue to pick their own doctors and hospitals, but will be covered by a health care trust fund.
Called the Pennsylvania Family and Business Health Care Security Act of 2013, the bill carefully and thoroughly sets out a blueprint for the bold steps necessary to accomplish all of the following goals:
This plan does not propose to replace Medicare, so the costliest cases will continue to be covered federally; although Pennsylvania would pick up all of the health costs for the elderly and disabled that are not covered by Medicare.
Total annual costs are estimated by the Pennsylvania HealthCare Solutions Coalition at approximately $43 billion. Per the proposed legislation, primary funding would come from a dedicated 10% employer tax paid on payrolls and a 3% personal income tax. These revenues, added to existing streams from Pennsylvania’s share of Medicaid funding, tobacco settlement funds, cigarette taxes, lottery, and interest earned on Health Care Trust funds would total approximately $46 billion. Only those expenditures currently going toward current health care related expenses in the tobacco and lottery funds will be used for this plan, so rent rebate for instance will not see any money funding.
In the previous session SB 400 was co-sponsored by Senators Fontana, Tartaglione, Schwank, Washington, Hughes, Kitchen and Farnese.
Introduced as SB400