Pa Health Advocates React to Healthy Pa Change

Published 03/10 2014 06:18PM

Updated 03/10 2014 06:30PM

Groups in Pennsylvania who don't support the governor's Healthy Pennsylvania plan say they're encouraged by his offer to change a major provision in it.
Instead of a requirement that  some recipients search for work, the plan will now have a voluntary pilot program . A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Health Access Network says that's a move in the right direction, and could move the Corbett plan closer to approval. 

"We don't blieve the federal government would have accepted that requirement, so we think it would have sunk the governor's plan," Jon Eich explains.  "This obviously gives Healthy Pennsylvania an opportunity  to be accepted by the federal government.

However, Eich says PHAN still favors Medicaid expansion. He says the Corbett plan would cut benefits to  seniors, the disabled, and pregnant women. PHAN also argues that recipients would be more likely to lose their coverage if they can't afford premiums.

The Healthy PA plan would establish a private option using federal Medicaid dollars to give lower income people access to private insurance.  It would also require premiums and co-pays by recipients.

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