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Posted On: Jan. 21, 2007 12:00 AM CST

The "Prescription for Pennsylvania" plan would institute:

  • State-paid health insurance premium subsidies for the low-income uninsured and low-wage employees of small employers

  • A state health insurance purchasing pool

  • An assessment equal to 3% of payroll for employers with more than 50 employees that do not offer health insurance

  • A health insurance coverage requirement for individuals with income of more than 300% of the federal poverty level

  • Incentives for health care providers to offer evening and weekend services to discourage emergency room treatment for routine problems