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Reauthorization of PHC4 Legislation Passes PA House

October 03, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation to reauthorize the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). House Bill 1613, sponsored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), also modernizes the council by updating its powers and duties.

In addition to its current responsibilities, PHC4 is tasked with adding regional trends to the cost of health care and health insurance premiums when reporting to the General Assembly and is also responsible for studying, analyzing, and publishing how alternative health care delivery systems affect health care costs.

Originally designed and created in 1986, PHC4 was tasked with the goal of collecting and disseminating hospital data to be used to improve health care for Pennsylvanians and for public accountability of health care costs. The act authorizing PHC4 expired June 30, 2014, and the council was operating under executive order from the Governor. 

House Bill 1613 passed the House unanimously and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

For additional information please contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy, or Scott Bishop, HAP’s senior vice president, legislative advocacy.

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