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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Roe Announces Field Hearing to Examine Health Care Challenges Facing PA Workers & Employers

On Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m., Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) will join Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) to host a field hearing entitled “Health Care Challenges Facing Pennsylvania’s Workers and Job Creators.” The hearing will take place at the Butler Township Administration Building, located at 290 S. Duffy Road  in Butler, Pennsylvania.

In 2010, Democrats in Washington enacted sweeping changes to the nation’s health care system, promising reform would create millions of new jobs and lower costs for the American people. Two years later, employers still struggle to hire new workers and premiums continue to rise. A Kaiser Family Foundation study found the average cost of a family insurance policy increased by nine percent in 2011, to more than $15,000. Additionally, a recent Gallup survey found that 48 percent of small business owners cite the potential cost of health care as a key factor in their decisions not to hire new workers.

Wednesday’s hearing will allow members the opportunity to discuss the impact of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with local employers and state leaders, as well as examine the health care challenges facing Pennsylvanians. To learn more about this hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.

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WITNESS LIST

A full list of witnesses will be posted at www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings

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