Court sides with nurses' union, says governor can't shutter community-based Pa. health centers

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is siding with the nurses' union and putting a halt to plans by the Corbett administration to close more than a third of the county-based state health centers.

The court on Thursday ordered the administration to stop eliminating the centers, reopen those that have already been shuttered and restore the level of public health services to 1995 levels.

The ruling, in the form of a preliminary injunction, says officials can't ignore a 1996 state law that requires the state to maintain the 60 health centers it operated as of July 1995.

Gov. Tom Corbett's administration sought to close 26 centers and reorganize public health services as a cost-saving budget change last year.

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania and others challenged the decision.

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