Posts from — January 2011

Federal Reform: GAC PA Final Report

January 21, 2011   Comments Off on Federal Reform: GAC PA Final Report

The Commonwealth Health Care Reform Implementation Advisory Committee published a Final Report detailing how health care reform could be implemented in Pennsylvania. Read the full report below:

GAC PA Plan for Implementing Health Care Reform

Statistics for adultBasic and CHIP

January 21, 2011   Comments Off on Statistics for adultBasic and CHIP

The following are the most recent statistics for enrollment information and waiting lists for both CHIP and adultBasic consumers in Pennsylvania:

January 2011 – adultBasic and CHIP Profiles

January 2011 – adultBasic Enrollment by County

January 2011 – adultBasic Waiting List by County

Basic Cuts

January 20, 2011   Comments Off on Basic Cuts

“Living Together Is An Art” Calendar Now Available!

January 20, 2011   Comments Off on “Living Together Is An Art” Calendar Now Available!

The 2011 color calendar features photos and narratives of the widely
acclaimed and hugely successful “LIVING TOGETHER IS AN ART” photo voice project.  The photographs and accompanying narratives stir one to reflection and advocacy!  Check out the Health Committee for People With Disabilities for a sample of photographs.

COST: $12 each or Two Calendars for $20

To order your “LIVING TOGETHER IS AN ART” 2011 Calendar:
Call: (412) 456-1877 x 203

 

adultBasic Advocacy- Press Coverage

January 19, 2011   Comments Off on adultBasic Advocacy- Press Coverage

In the on-going efforts to save adultBasic health insurance, constant and consistent advocacy has occurred across the commonwealth:

Pittsburgh:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11017/1118516-192.stm#ixzz1BHRGLe4K

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/regional/s_718233.html

http://pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_717576.html

Erie:

http://yourerie.com/fulltext?nxd_id=154326

Harrisburg:

http://ifawebnews.com/2011/01/11/corbett-says-he-has-negotiated-continuation-of-adultbasic-coverage/

Philadelphia:

http://www.phillytrib.com/tribune/phillynewsheadlines/16895-pas-low-cost-hea

Senator Jay Costa wrote to Governor-Elect Corbett and Legislative Leaders urging the funding of adultBasic:

January 13, 2011

Dear Gentlemen:

As you know, the adultBasic program, which provides affordable health
insurance for more than 40,000 Pennsylvanians, will expire on February 28,
2011 if we fail to act.  I write to request a meeting of all four caucus
leaders at your earliest convenience with Governor-Elect Corbett to discuss
all potential alternatives to maintain adequate insurance coverage for these
families.

The program shortfall is estimated at $55 million. The loss of this coverage
would have a devastating impact on these low income working families who
rely on the program’s health care coverage.

The health insurance program was created by the Ridge Administration and has
been supported over the years by all four legislative caucuses. It would be
unconscionable to allow adultBasic to falter without making an extraordinary
effort to preserve the program and protect those who desperately rely on its
benefits.

We realize efforts have been made to fashion the extension of health care
insurance for participants through Highmark’s Special Care program.  This
suggestion, while well-intentioned, comes with a premium cost that may be
too expensive for many adultBasic enrollees.

We believe there are other options and would like to discuss these
suggestions with the four caucus leaders.  At this meeting, we would be able
to exchange thoughts and ideas on ways to solve this funding problem.

In order to share ideas and find an alternative that would provide low cost,
high quality health care without jeopardizing health care insurance for tens
of thousands of Pennsylvania families, I am requesting a four-caucus meeting
of leaders with Governor-Elect Corbett as soon as it can be arranged.

Please advise me of your interest in this discussion at your earliest
possible convenience.

Sincerely,

Senator Jay Costa

cc:

Senator Vincent Hughes
Senator Jake Corman
Representative William Adolph
Representative Joseph Markosek
Senator Michael Stack
Senator Donald White
Representative Nicholas Micozzie
Representative Anthony DeLuca

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