Testimony: Judith Solomon before the PA House Insurance Committee on House Bill 700, the Pennsylvania Health Care Reform Act
Publication Date: May 2007
Author(s): Judith Solomon
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic projections; State budgets; Health insurance; Health care costs
Pennsylvania’s plan appears complex. It is important, however, that the plan be considered as a whole. Even though it appears to have a number of separate components, the provisions of House Bill 700 need to be considered as an integrated plan. As a whole, the plan would reduce the number of uninsured state residents through a new program called Cover All Pennsylvanians, while taking into account the state's fiscal capacity and the need to be mindful of how ERISA limits a state's choices in health care reform. The components of the plan are interdependent and making significant changes or eliminating any of the plan’s key components could undermine the state's chance for a successful effort at achieving the goals of the plan to lower the costs of health care while at the same time raising quality and increasing affordability and accessibility.