Improving the Health and Wellness of Pennsylvanians
“Pennsylvania will provide access to health insurance where it is needed most, we’ll do it right, and we’ll do it best.” –Governor Corbett
Healthy Pennsylvania is Governor Corbett’s plan to increase access to quality, affordable health care for all Pennsylvanians.
Despite the fiscal challenges continuing to face state governments across the nation, Governor Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal advances the Healthy Pennsylvania plan while also reaffirming a commitment to preserving the safety net for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, seniors, children and low-income families.
It strikes a strong balance between the need to transform our health care system into a sustainable system, focused on quality outcomes and increased access to care, and the need to improve the delivery and accessibility of human services.
Additionally, the budget will continue efforts to ensure that Pennsylvanians in need of long-term care services and supports are served in the appropriate setting and have the ability to stay at home or in the community.
• Doubles last year’s investment in primary healthcare practitioners by adding another $4 million to provide an additional 12 hospital residency grants and 70 loan repayment awards to recruit and retain health care professionals in underserved areas of the state.
• The budget includes a $4 million increase to the Community-Based Health Care Subsidy appropriation. This funding will provide grants for four new health care centers and to 36 existing health care entities to increase access to preventative primary care services for uninsured individuals in underserved areas of the state.
• This budget continues to protect Older Pennsylvanians with a $23.5 million increase in funding that will serve 1,764 more individuals through the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Aging Waiver, 800 more individuals in the LIFE program, an additional 500 individuals on the OPTIONS waiting list, and an additional 204 individuals who will age out of the Attendant Care Program when they reach age 60.
• This budget proposes an $18 million increase in funding to serve an additional 1,599 individuals with physical disabilities in community settings.
• This budget includes $125.4 million in savings from the implementation of the Medicaid Reforms and Private Coverage Option within the Healthy Pennsylvania Medicaid Waiver, which assumes approval of the waiver by the federal government.
Enhancing Human Services – Improving the Health and Well Being of Pennsylvanians
• This budget proposes a $23.5 million increase in funding for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism to help those individuals currently on a waiting list for services.
• This budget proposes to increase by $5.4 million funds to move individuals from institutional care to community-based care settings.
• This budget provides $2.2 million, a 10% increase in funding for services to victims of sexual and domestic violence.
• This budget supports Pennsylvania’s working parents by removing more than 3,000 children from a waiting list for child care services.