Gov. Tom Wolf today sent a letter to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, at the senator’s request for suggestions to address the skyrocketing costs of health care and health insurance.
In the extensive letter, Gov. Wolf outlined several ways to make health care more affordable, understandable, and reliable. Read the full letter here.
“We must be bolder to address the rising cost of health care and it is imperative that Congress work towards commonsense solutions,” Gov. Wolf said. “First, we must tackle the underlying costs of health care delivery to allow for more affordable health care coverage, and second, we must work to ensure patients can reply on predictable health care costs and avoid unexpected costs when possible.”
Gov. Wolf’s recommendations include reducing the underlying costs of health care delivery by:
Gov. Wolf has made affordable, accessible health care a priority since he first took office in 2015. That same year, he expanded Medicaid and now more than 720,000 people have access to this critical health care benefit. As well, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate is at a historic low at 5.5 percent.
“We share the vital goals of providing quality, affordable health insurance coverage while stemming the unsustainable growth of health care costs,” Gov. Wolf said. “I hope that you find my feedback to be constructive in this regard. States play a critical role in ensuring consumers have access to health insurance and security in knowing they will be protected from catastrophic health care costs, but we can’t do it alone.
“Thank you again for your interest in our feedback and the feedback of all states. I look forward to further discussions.”