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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 17, 2017 04:12 PM
From: Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Prioritization of Funding for Womens’ Health Services
I plan to introduce legislation that will provide direction to the PA Department of Health as to how it must prioritize the allocation of public funds for family planning purposes. Effectively, this legislation will favor more conventional healthcare providers over unconventional providers when allocating public funds for women’s health.

Currently, limited federal and state public funding exists for family planning and preventive health services for women. To ensure maximized use of funding, this legislation will prioritize the distribution to the most efficient point-of-service health care providers and encourage complete medical records for all services provided to women.

Under the proposal, public entities will receive the highest priority for receiving such funds, followed by non-public hospitals and federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics and non-public health providers that have their primary purpose as the provision of primary health care. Women’s health services are considered “primary health care” and such services should be encouraged to be provided by those health care professionals who participate in electronic health records and integrated health systems.

The legislation is modeled after House Bill 1623 introduced last session by Representative Schemel. Notably, this legislation is focused on prioritizing the allocation of available public funds, and will not reduce the level of public funding allocated for women’s health services.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB300