Monday, May 3, 2010

40,000 Pennsylvanians May Lose Their Health Coverage

Even though health care reform has passed, many would be surprised to know that about 40,000 adults in Pennsylvania may be losing their access to the adultBasic program.

adultBasic is an affordable health care option for adults who have recently lost health coverage and meet certain income guidelines. Participants pay $36 a month and co-pays ranging from $10 to $50 for doctor and hospital visits. In Pennsylvania, more than 40,000 are receiving the full benefits of the program, while the waitlist stands at over 380,000.

This program will end on December 31,2010, when a law requiring financial support from insurance providers will expire. Legislation has been introduced that will provide for continued payments until at least 2014, when the federal programs to provide coverage go into effect. The House Insurance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on this bill on Tuesday May 4 at 9:00 am.

If you would like to attend the hearing and visit legislators about the program, please contact Athena with the Philadelphia Unemployment Project at aford@philaup.org or 267-257-6968. If you support this program but you cannot make it to Harrisburg on Tuesday, you can still call, write, or email your legislators.

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