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Governor Rendell’s Prescription for Pennsylvania: Signing Health Care Reform Measures into Law
September 4, 2007, Volume 54, No. 2

Governor Edward G. Rendell said the state took its first steps in making health care more accessible and eliminating deadly hospital-acquired infections when he officially signed the first pieces of his Prescription for Pennsylvania health care reform plan into law. He said people all over the United States could benefit if states, or the federal government, follow the commonwealth’s lead. Bills allowing advanced-practice nurses, physicians’ assistants and dental hygienists to practice to the full extent of their education and training, and a bill to more aggressively attack and eliminate hospital-acquired infections were passed by the General Assembly.

The Governor signed the bills during a ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing on July 20—the same site where he initially announced the Prescription for Pennsylvania in January (Almanac January 23, 2007). The event was webcast to a group of legislators and stakeholders at the VA Healthcare System, University Drive Division in Pittsburgh, another of the Governor’s early stops on his Prescription for Pennsylvania bus tour.

“We started implementing our aggressive health care reform agenda in May with an executive order that established a program to better manage chronic diseases and address health equity issues,”  Governor Rendell said.

More information on Governor Rendell’s visionary Prescription for Pennsylvania health care reform plan may be found at www.rxforpa.com/.

Rendell at SON  

Gov. Edward Rendell thanked nurses, doctors, administrators and other healthcare professionals, as well as all the legislators who supported the new bills that he signed “in the name of the 12.5 million Pennsylvanians who desperately need a better healthcare system, a cheaper healthcare system, and a more accessible healthcare system.”

Gov. Rendell was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd in July at the Penn School of Nursing. Dean Afaf Meleis (standing at right, waving) welcomed and acknowledged the support of many groups and individuals, including Rosemarie Greco, from the Governor’s Office of Healthcare Reform (standing in front of flag) and Rep. James R. Roebuck, Jr. (D-Phila.) behind the governor.

At the table, (from left to right)  Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D-Phila.), Rep. P. Michael Sturla (D-Lancaster), Gov. Ed Rendell, Sen. Edwin (Ted) Erickson (R-Delaware and Chester),  and Rep. Eddie D. Pashinski (D-Luzerne).

Almanac - September 4, 2007, Volume 54, No. 2