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Pilot plan on health an option for states

Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2010

An early look at Pennsylvania's experiment in delivering better and, in the long run, less-expensive healthcare underscores the challenges and potential benefits of one idea being explored as part of the health overhaul, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pennsylvania is carrying out the largest state pilot program in the U.S.—called the Chronic Care Initiative—which involves more than one-million patients, 800 doctors, and 16 insurers across seven regions of the state. Insurers are providing $30 million over three years in extra payment to doctors who are involved, and the state is contributing $3.4 million to run the program.