Pennsylvania’s pre-existing condition insurance plan (PCIP) may be a model of affordable health insurance coverage, but another group of Pennsylvanians are feeling the health insurance pain big-time today. 40,000 low-income Pennsylvanians lose their health insurance coverage today as Pennsylvania’s AdultBasic health insurance program runs out of money and has to shut down.
AdultBasic was started in 2002 with money from Pennsylvania’s tobacco settlement and has provided basic, affordable health insurance to low-income Pennsylvanians for $36 a month since then. Similar health insurance would cost at least $300 a month on the open market, much more than many low-income Pennsylvanians can afford. Since AdultBasic‘s start, a whopping 500,000 Pennsylvanians have been put on the waitlist for the affordable health insurance.
With the tobacco money gone and a tight state budget, there are no plans to replace AdultBasic. Advocates for low-income Pennsylvanians are planning a candlelight vigil for the affordable health insurance program at the governor’s residence in Harrisburg tonight.
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