End of Pennsylvania “Adult Basic” Insurance Program Sends Thousands Scrambling

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A state-funded health insurance program in Pennsylvania has now ended, and thousands of residents in the commonwealth are scrambling to find affordable coverage.

The loss leaves about 41,000 working people looking for affordable health insurance (see related story).

Antoinette Krause, project manager for the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, says there are few options for most people: paying for coverage on the open market, or Medicaid for those who qualify.

Unfortunately, she says, the federal health care program won’t help now.

“Most of the provisions don’t go into effect until 2014 — that’s why this program was so important.  It would serve as a bridge to get people to the time when Medicaid is expanded.  There is a high-risk pool for people with pre-existing conditions, but you have to be without insurance for six months,” she notes.

She says the Philadelphia Unemployment Project will help those in need find alternatives.  That number is 215-557-0822, ext. 106.

Reported by Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  • Heather

    Hey, Gary, this isn’t a Federal issue, this is a State of Pennsylvania (Republican state) issue. The republicans are the problem, not the president.

  • Poopforbrains

    Health care coverage ended for thousands of Pennsylvanians but nobody cares. Too busy watching the Oscars and Sheen (what are they wearing, what is he doing). Another day in America.



  • Theresa

    Give me a break i tried to get this coverage they said i made to much money and people who work get this coverage wow go figure……

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