November 1, 2004
State House passes Mcare abatement. House Bill 2856, extending the Health Care Provider Retention Program (Mcare abatement), was passed by the Pennsylvania State House by a vote of 192-4. All members present voted in favor of the bill with the exception of Rep. Bill DeWeese (D-Greene), Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny), Rep. Ken Ruffing (D-Allegheny), and Rep. Mike Veon (D-Beaver). With the legislative and judicial reforms from 2002 expected to take three to five years to have a positive impact on the medical liability crisis in Pennsylvania, this extension gives physicians and hospitals much needed short-term financial relief. Letters were sent by Health System physician and administrative leadership at each entity thanking House members who voted in favor of the Mcare extension. In addition, letters were sent to Senate members urging them to vote in favor of this legislation when it reaches the Senate later this month after the election.
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