Governor submits new health plan for Pennsylvania


HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Robert Casey has propose legislation that would guarantee health care to all Pennsylvanians, but the most crucial details on how such a universal insurance plan would look were left unaddressed.

Mr. Casey said yesterday his Pennsylvania Health Security Act would wipe out the uncertainty more than a million uninsured Pennsylvanians now face when they need medical care and can't pay for it.

He also said the plan, which would create a statewide system of managed-care networks, would provide security to Pennsylvanians who already have adequate care and would preserve their right to see the physician of their choice.

Mr. Casey estimated his proposal would cut health-care costs in Pennsylvania by $710 million in its first year. The figure does not factor in the cost of providing health care to the uninsured.

Employers would contribute 90 percent of the premium costs for full-time workers and 45 percent for part-time workers. Employees would pay the rest. The self-employed would pay 100 percent of their premiums.

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