Today, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) testified before the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare hearing regarding Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania plan. The Chamber called the plan a good step forward in addressing the need for increased health care coverage for uninsured individuals, improving access to quality healthcare, and ensuring affordability for all Pennsylvanians.

In December 2013, Governor Corbett indicated that the Commonwealth will officially move forward with the federal government to seek approval for the portion of Healthy Pennsylvania that addresses plans for reforming the Medicaid system and expanding coverage to the Commonwealth’s uninsured population.  Specifically, the plan proposes using federal expansion funds to allow these individuals to buy private market insurance. It also suggests increased premiums to persons at the higher end of the income scale, and imposes a job-search requirement on people who work less than 20 hours per week.  An estimated 500,000 Pennsylvanians are waiting to find out whether they will gain insurance coverage through Healthy Pennsylvania.

“We applaud Governor Corbett’s efforts to create a sustainable program that will help more Pennsylvanians gain access to quality, affordable healthcare. The expansion of Medicaid will increase the number of individuals covered and ultimately increase economic activity in the Commonwealth,” said Rob Wonderling, GPCC President and CEO.

Over the past two years, healthcare reform and specifically, coverage of Pennsylvania’s uninsured population, has been a priority for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Alle