Enrollment in ‘Healthy PA’ Begins Today

GovernorCorbettHealthy PA, the medicaid expansion advocated by outgoing Governor Corbett, began enrollment today, hoping to cover those Pennsylvanian’s in the “coverage gap.”

State officials estimate over 600,000 Pennsylvanians will gain coverage, insuring those whose income is above current Medicaid eligibility, leaving them in the ‘gap’. It also intends to provide more plan options to low-income families.

Mary Hicks of Murrysville was someone stuck in the gap who will be covered by Healthy PA. She acknowledged that “without health insurance, you’re pretty much out of luck.”

Those who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level are eligible for enrollment in the expansion. This equates to about $16,000 for a single person and almost $33,000 for a family of four.

On a conference call with the media, advocacy groups urged citizens to enroll, even in the face of opposition from Governor-Elect Tom Wolf. Sharon Ward, Director of the PA Budget and Policy Center acknowledged that the program is likely to be changed, but that it “should not interfere with coverage.”

Current enrollees may however be negatively affected. Kristen Damma, a Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services dubbed the new benefit packages given to current medicaid recipients, “severe.”

Healthy PA is Gov. Corbett’s plan to expand health coverage but only through private insurance and not under the intended Medicaid program.

December 1st, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Governor, Top Stories | 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “Enrollment in ‘Healthy PA’ Begins Today”

  1. jack says:

    Why would private insurance carriers go through the time and expense of enrolling 600,000 new customers, only to loose them in a few months? Corbett must have something hidden behind his back.

  2. idratherbefishingwithric says:

    Yes that’s exactly what they meant to say. Unhealthy PA

  3. New_Liberal_Lion says:

    You mean unhealthy PA.

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