Oct. 12, 2018

WHAT: The House Insurance Committee, led by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), will hold an informational meeting to learn more about legislation Pickett has sponsored to establish the Rural Health Redesign Center, a public-private partnership, which will administer the PA Rural Health Program. With up to 30 rural hospitals at risk of closure, this program would help strengthen rural hospitals, keep jobs local and increase access to health care. Rural hospitals are currently paid in an unpredictable manner that leaves many suffering financially. Through the program, rural hospitals would transition to a payment model that would provide a stable and steady stream of revenue, allowing these vital health care facilities to better plan the types of health services their communities need.

WHO: Pickett and members of the Insurance Committee. Among those offering testimony will be Dr. Lauren Hughes, deputy secretary for Health Innovation, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Janice Walters, chief operating officer, Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Brendan Harris, vice president of Government Programs for Central and Northeastern PA, UPMC Health Plan; Dave Hoff, chief executive officer, Wayne Memorial Hospital; and Jim Pettinato, director of Patient Care Services, Wayne Memorial Hospital.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.

WHERE: 205 Ryan Office Building, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: The meeting will be streamed live at PAHouseGOP.com and RepPickett.com.

Media contact: Jennifer Keaton, 717.705.2094, jkeaton@pahousegop.com