On October 27, 2006, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell signed Senate Bill 972, extending the MCARE malpractice subsidy through 2007. Physicians who are eligible for 100% abatement of their assessments are surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, obstetricians, emergency physicians, rural doctors who routinely deliver babies, certified nurse-midwives, and nursing homes. All other physicians and podiatrists are eligible for an abatement of 50%.