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Senator Hughes An informational update for you!

This publication is your opportunity to receive regular updates on the work and the issues that I have been involved with, both in Harrisburg and throughout our community.

Please visit my website, where you will find a comprehensive overview of our work, various phone numbers and contact information to assist you in solving problems, opportunities to volunteer and assist us in our programs and opportunities to give your feedback.

Sen. Democratic Appropriations Committee to Hold Public Discussion on the President’s New Health Care Reform Plan

Obamacare Could Cover 500,000 Uninsured and Create 285,000 Jobs

HealthcareThe state Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee will hold a public discussion on the budgetary and economic impact of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health care reform plan.

The round table discussion will be held TOMORROW, Thursday, Jan. 24 at noon in the Mayor's Reception Room (Room 202) at City Hall in Philadelphia, PA.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania could:

  • Infuse $4 billion federal dollars into Pennsylvania’s budget.
  • Provide access to health insurance to a half a million Pennsylvanians.
  • Create an estimated 285,000 jobs over 10 years.
  • Unburden hospitals with $1 billion in uncompensated care costs.
  • Reduce burden on counties who currently provide mental services to the uninsured.

The discussion will be opened by U.S. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz. Rep. Schwartz will provide the federal perspective on the Affordable Care Act. The event will also feature a presentation from Robin Rubowitz, an Associate Director for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Other confirmed participants include:

  • Joanne Grossi - Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Pam Clarke, VP of Managed Care And Finance, Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
  • Patrick Norton and Al Black from University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Mike Rosenstein- Pres., Managed Care Coalition
  • Richard Weishaupt or Kristen Dama - Community Legal Services
  • Ann Bacharach - Special Project Director, Pa. Health Law Project
  • Dr. Don Schwarz - Commissioner, Phila. Health Dept/Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity
  • Dr. Arthur Evans, Department of Behavioral Health
  • Sharon Ward - Pa. Budget and Policy Center
  • Antoinette Kraus - Pa. Health Access Network
  • Ali Kromley - SEIU

The Affordable Care Act will have a far-reaching effect on Pennsylvania's economy and health care delivery. Implementation of this health care plan will mean expanded health insurance to more uninsured Pennsylvanians, the largest investment of new dollars into the state budget and a massive number of jobs created.

You can learn more or provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579