By: KDKA-TV Information Employees
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf introduced a well being reform package deal Friday, saying he desires to make well being care extra reasonably priced, maintain firms accountable and deal with inequities “ensuing from systemic racism.”
“True reform means specializing in each side of an individual that contributes to their well being. Even earlier than the pandemic, there have been warning indicators that Pennsylvania’s well being care system wasn’t working for everybody,” Gov. Tom Wolf mentioned.
“Many Pennsylvanians discovered it laborious to pay their medical payments as a result of rising well being care prices, together with households who’ve well being care protection and sometimes need to pay greater premiums and extra out-of-pocket prices yearly.”
He says an estimated 1.5 million Pennsylvanians are anticipated to turn out to be uninsured because of the pandemic.
The three most important elements of the governor’s plan embrace an interagency well being reform council, 5 regional accountable well being councils throughout the state and a well being worth fee.
The governor’s workplace says the interagency well being reform council would develop suggestions by Dec. 30 to seek out efficiencies within the well being care system.
The regional accountable well being councils could be required to collectively develop regional transformation plans to cut back disparities.
And the Wolf administrations says the well being worth fee could be led by 15 commissioners appointed by the governor and the Normal Meeting to maintain payors and suppliers accountable for well being care value development.