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AdultBasic healthcare program allowed to expire by Pennsylvania Legislature


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

AdultBasic healthcare program allowed to expire by Pennsylvania Legislature


REGION, March 1st- The decade old adultBasic healthcare program, that provided low-cost insurance for thousands uninsured working adults, expired on February 28th because Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett allowed the funding to run out.

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.

The main funding of the program during the last five years was financial contributions from the surpluses maintained by the four Blue Cross providers in Pennsylvania that was made available by state law, but expired on December 31st, 2010.

Union member and Pennsylvania House of Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (Democrat-121st Legislative District) has outlined a plan to fund the program.

“The adultBasic program has made an important contribution to the welfare of over 40,000 Pennsylvanians and to the overall health of the state. My plan would save a valuable program and builds upon its foundation,” 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.

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