Corbett: New plan will improve PA health care

By Michelle Costanza

Corbett: New plan will improve PA health care

September 16, 2013 Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM EDT

Harrisburg, PA (WBNG Binghamton) An announcement made by Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday promises an increase in health care availability for Pennsylvania residents.

The plan, called Healthy Pennsylvania, aims to make reforms in health care by reducing the government's bureaucracy through better options and extended services for the Commowealth.

The plan would be implemented in place of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The initiative focuses on three areas: Improving access, ensuring quality and providing affordability.

The plan would guarantee health insurance for every child and promote the expansion of community-based health clinics through the state.

It would also give 520,000 low income residents the ability to enroll in private health insurance plans through federal funding.

"We are redirecting funding to better serve those who most need our support," Corbett said.

Corbett said the current framework does not fit the needs of the state.

"I will not accept Washington's 'one-size-fits-all' approach for Pennsylvania, and I will not expand an entitlement program," he added.

If Healthy Pennsylvania is approved and implemented, the governor said the extensive options through the private healthcare market will give the state and people of Pennsylvania better control of costs while working toward a healthier lifestyle for all.

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