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Legislators requesting for continuation of health-care program for uninsured


FEBRUARY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Legislators requesting for continuation of health-care program for uninsured


REGION, January 26th- Union member and Pennsylvania House of Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (Democrat-121st Legislative District) joined legislative colleagues at a news conference urging Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett to continue the adultBasic program that provides low-cost insurance for about 1,020 uninsured working adults in Luzerne County. Another 16,505 people in Luzerne County are on a waiting list to get in the program. The 121st Legislative District includes the City of Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County.

“It’s time to man up. It’s time to work together with our new governor and the insurance companies and all participants in the health-care industry to provide a better funding mechanism and reduce the cost by eliminating fraud, inefficiencies and system failures,” stated Mr. Pashinski.

Mr. Pashinski is a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Union and a member of the American Federation of Musicians Union Local 140.

Mr. Pashinski, who began his third two-term in Harrisburg in January, stated many of his constituents are in adultBasic program because they have fixed incomes, some earning a median salary of $385.00 a week.

AdultBasic was created by the legislature in 2001 with funding received through the National Tobacco Settlement Agreement. The program provides coverage for the basic health-care needs of people between 19 and 64 who do not have health insurance. They must also meet certain eligibility requirements, and cannot have an income greater than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

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