Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal next week will include $5 million to improve access to health care in rural and underserved areas.
Department of Health Acting Secretary Michael Wolf announced the proposal Tuesday, saying it will make Pennsylvania more competitive with other states and allow residents in rural areas of the state to have consistent access to quality practitioners.
The proposal expands upon Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Edwin Erickson (R-Chester), providing $4 million to establish the Community-Based Health Care Subsidy program to create new community-based health care clinics and expand services at existing clinics for underserved areas and uninsured individuals.
The remaining $1 million will be dedicated to the Primary Health Practitioner Loan Repayment Program to create 24 new loan repayment slots to recruit and retain physicians, dentists and other health care practitioners for those areas.