McGinty: Corbett Must Act to Protect Women’s Health Care

October 30, 2014 | By Campaign for a Fresh Start

SelectPlan Waiver Set To Expire at End of Year

Philadelphia, PA – Campaign for a Fresh Start Chairwoman Katie McGinty today released a statement today calling on Governor Tom Corbett to apply for an extension of the waiver that permits Pennsylvania to operate SelectPlan, a program that provides health and family planning services to more than 90,000 low-income women in Pennsylvania. Without action from Governor Corbett, the waiver is set to expire at the end of the year. The program, designed to lower health costs with preventative care, covers reproductive healthcare needs -- including breast and cervical cancer screenings -- for women with incomes below 214 percent of the federal poverty line.

"Tom Corbett's inaction is putting the health of more than 90,000 Pennsylvania women at risk. SelectPlan offers vital healthcare to scores of women who will face an uncertain future should Governor Corbett fail to take action to preserve this essential program.

"Tom Corbett's record on women's healthcare is abysmal, but he has an opportunity to do the right thing and apply for an extension so that Pennsylvania can continue to offer SelectPlan to women in need. Letting this waiver expire puts Pennsylvania women's health at risk and will result in more unwanted pregnancies and serious health care issues like undetected cancers."

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