Thompson to Join Harrisburg Field Hearing to Review Health Care Reform Law

Mar 22, 2011 Issues: Healthcare

Washington, D.C. – Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson will join the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee tomorrow, March 23rd, for a field hearing to review the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the health care reform law passed in March of 2009.  The hearing, “PPACA in Pennsylvania: One Year of Broken Promises,” is being held by Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (PA-16). Thompson, a former therapist and licensed nursing home administrator of 28 years, was asked to join the hearing at Chairman Pitt’s request.

Governors and state legislatures across the country are reviewing how best to reduce health care costs while providing quality coverage and care to millions of current Medicaid beneficiaries. PPACA’s implementation imposes a variety of major program changes and unfunded mandates to Medicaid and other programs, affecting employers, patients, and the ability of state governments to meet current and future obligations.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will provide introductory remarks before the Subcommittee and Department of Public Welfare Acting Secretary Gary Alexander and Acting Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine, among others, will discuss how the law’s mandates, costs, and employer burdens have impacted Pennsylvania. 

Subcommittee participants will be available to the media following the hearing.  Details are as follows:

Wednesday March 23rd, 2011

Media Availability
U.S. Representative Joe Pitts
U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett

Pennsylvania State Capitol 
Media Center
Capitol East Wing
Harrisburg, PA 17120