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Pennsylvania Health Reform Implementation Report Issued
January 20, 2011

The Pennsylvania Health Care Reform Implementation Advisory Committee was created in June 2010 by Governor Rendell to make recommendations about “how to implement the health care reform law to best serve Pennsylvania’s taxpayers, small businesses, and working families.”  The committee was to advise on design of the high risk pool; design of the health insurance exchange; technology, organization, and process improvement needed to support implementation of health care reform; a strategic plan for implementation; and legislative action needed to enable full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The committee created three subcommittees to provide recommendations on the health insurance exchange, access and enrollment, and other reform issues. Each subcommittee drafted recommendations further discussed in the full committee and refined through public comment. The final report, containing consensus recommendations and the reports of each subcommittee which describe areas in which consensus was not achieved, is now available. Supplemental appendices are also available. It is unclear whether the advisory committee will continue under the new administration and as health care reform implementation unfolds.

Of 47 members representing consumers, small businesses, advocacy organizations, health care providers, health plans, hospitals, and members of the legislative and executive branches of state government, only Alan Hartl, CEO of PCPA member Lenape Valley Foundation, represented behavioral health providers. Often his was the only strong voice raised for behavioral health needs. PCPA offers sincere thanks to Mr. Hartl for his outstanding work in representing PCPA members. His participation in the aggressive schedule of meetings, assimilation of background information, and review and comment on multiple iterations of the reports as he served on each of the subcommittees showed admirable dedication and leadership. Thank you!

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