(HARRISBURG) – – The Senate of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have unanimously passed legislation to help develop and expand community-based health care clinics, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27), who cosponsored and strongly supported Senate Bill 5.
Senate Bill 5 establishes the framework to continue the growth of community-based clinics to serve low-income and uninsured individuals, and was sponsored by Sen. Ted Erickson (R-Delaware). The legislation now goes to Governor Tom Corbett for his signature to become law.
“Community clinics, such as the ones operating in Sunbury and Mifflinville in our area, are cost-effective and provide high quality service to individuals who otherwise might not seek immediate medical treatment, or may seek costly treatment in hospital emergency rooms,” said Senator Gordner. “These clinics are very effective in helping to control health care costs.”
In addition to defining community based health care clinics to serve medically underserved areas, rural areas and places where the patient population falls within poverty guidelines, Senate Bill 5 provides for grants to continue to support and expand the clinic program. Funding for the program is contained in the proposed Fiscal Year 2013/2014 state budget.
Todd B. Roup