Philadelphia, Jan. 16, 2014 – City Council’s Committees on Public Safety and Health & Human Services held a joint hearing to discuss and reveal alternative health care options and resources for seniors, persons with children, and individuals with disabilities. Healthcare needs for persons and families with limited incomes or mobility issues open the field to explore various non-traditional health care delivery options like virtual clinics and telemedicine.
The joint hearing was authorized by Resolution No. 130886, co-sponsored by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (4th District) and Councilwoman Marian Tasco (9th District).
Council members Jones and Tasco said it was vital to provide alternative health care options to those who cannot afford or do not have access to traditional health care. The joint committee heard testimony on options already available and taking off in rural parts of the nation, and possible applications of those options in the City of Philadelphia. Council members Jones and Tasco called for quality healthcare options for all people, regardless of age and economic background.
With the recent challenges of healthcare reform under the Affordable Care Act, Jones and Tasco said it was the prime time to join the conversation and create options for Philadelphia families. Witnesses included Health Commissioner Dr. Donald F. Schwartz, representatives from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Will’s Eye Hospital.
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