$4 million in PA Budget for Community Based Health Care Program
August 14, 2013
A Senate bill which will provide $4 million in the 2013-14 state budget to fund community health centers and additional medical services in rural and under served areas of the state was signed by Governor Tom Corbett yesterday.
Corbett said."Increasing access to care is one of the most critical steps we can take in improving our healthcare system, Community-based clinics provide access to preventative services that help to keep Pennsylvanians healthy."
Senate Bill 5 or Act 10 of 2013, sponsored by Sen. Edwin Erickson (R-Chester), establishes the Community-Based Health Care program. It supports the creation of new community-based healthcare clinics and expands services at existing clinics that serve low-income clients.
“Community-based care encourages all individuals, including the uninsured and underinsured, to receive primary and preventative care and build stronger relationships with their primary care provider,” Corbett said. “This bill allows our citizens to better manage chronic conditions and reduces costly visits to the emergency room.”
These community-based healthcare clinics include facilities such as non-profit certified rural health centers, free or partial-pay health clinics, nurse-managed health clinics, non-profit hospital health clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and FQHC look-alikes.
“In the Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s service area, the emergency room often doubles as a primary healthcare provider,” Erickson said. “But, as a direct result of the leadership and support of Governor Corbett, we can now provide the tools and the funding needed to establish healthcare clinics where they
are needed most. This will allow residents to access coordinated primary and preventative health care, saving health care dollars and improving lives.”
The bill was ceremonially signed today after Corbett took a brief tour of Crozer-Keystone Cancer Center, part of the Crozer-Keystone Health System in Chester. During the tour he viewed the facility’s new varian linear accelerator, a machine that helps radiation oncologists with image-guided radiation therapy.