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Will fourth time be charm for Republican's health clinic bill?

By , - Last modified: February 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Legislation to foster community health care clinics helping low-income, uninsured residents in Pennsylvania is again charting its way through the state Senate this session.

Gov. Tom Corbett's recently proposed budget is on the side of the idea to the tune of about $4 million, according to a news release.

But history is not.

The proposal from state Sen. Ted Erickson, R-Chester and Delaware counties, first was introduced in 2008. This is the fourth session in which the legislation has been considered.

It did pass the Senate in previous sessions, and Senate Bill 5 was approved earlier this month by the body's Public Health and Welfare Committee, according to the release.

The proposal would establish a framework to help develop and expand community health care clinics to provide medical homes for low-income people without insurance, the release stated.

Once enacted, the state Department of Health would develop grant criteria and the process to review and evaluate proposals to fund community clinics.

It is a "key piece" to making health care available and accessible to all Pennsylvanians, the release stated.

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