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IBC responds to Governor Corbett’s “Healthy PA” plan

Philadelphia, PA – The following statement was issued today by Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross regarding the “Healthy PA” initiative that was announced today by Governor Tom Corbett:

“We all share one goal: helping people get healthy and stay healthy. We salute the ‘Healthy PA’ initiative which Governor Tom Corbett announced today. It’s a thoughtful, innovative approach to expanding access to high quality, affordable health care for all Pennsylvanians.”

“As our nation experiences the most sweeping transformation of health care in decades, the Governor’s multi-faceted initiative advocates expanding the number of children covered by CHIP, funding clinics, leveraging technology, as well as promoting public health, and expanding coverage to the uninsured in Pennsylvania. Improving the quality of care, finding affordable ways to expand coverage to needy residents, and reining in medical costs is vital to the economic and social well-being of our state and is consistent with the mission of Independence Blue Cross to enhance the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve.”

“We support health care reform that provides not only Pennsylvanians but all Americans access to affordable, quality health care regardless of health status. We stand ready to work with the Corbett Administration as these proposals move forward.”

“IBC’s Medicaid managed care subsidiary, AmeriHealth Caritas, is uniquely positioned to help the state’s most vulnerable residents. The company is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for the underserved and Pennsylvania’s largest Medicaid managed care provider, with health plans (AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania, Keystone First and AmeriHealth Northeast) that serve Medicaid recipients in 53 of the state’s 67 counties.”

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