Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a bill Tuesday aimed at helping with the development and expansion of community-based health care clinics.
The prime sponsor of the bill is state Sen. Ted Erickson, R-26, of Newtown. Senate Bill 5, now known as Act 10 of 2013, creates the community-based health care program in the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide grants to community-based health care clinics in Pennsylvania.
“Across Pennsylvania, clinics play a vital role as part of our health care system, and their importance will continue to increase,” Erickson said in a statement. “Clinics deliver high-quality and cost-effective primary health care regardless of patients’ insurance status or ability to pay. Additionally, clinics cut overall health care costs by reducing the number of expensive emergency room visits and avoidable hospital admissions.”
Corbett pledged a $4 million appropriation to the program in the 2013-2014 proposed state budget.