PA Supreme Court halts plan to close community health centers

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 18, 2013 2:23 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is ordering a halt to a plan by Governor Corbett's administration to close nearly half of Pennsylvania's 60 community health centers until it can hear a lawsuit challenging it.

The high court's order reverses a lower court decision on the request for an injunction and asks for a speedy hearing of the case.

A state employees' union, Department of Health nurses and several Democratic state lawmakers sued on April 1, saying the plan violates a 1996 law that requires legislative approval before closing any centers.

The Health Department says it can do a better job treating public health problems by making community health nurses more mobile. Agency employees warn that it'd slow the detection of communicable diseases outbreaks, particularly in rural areas.

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