Thousands left to search for insurance coverage as AdultBasic expires

Thousands left to search for insurance coverage as AdultBasic expires

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The low-cost health insurance program subsidized by tobacco settlement money and contributions from Pennsylvania’s Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurers expired at midnight, forcing nearly 40,764 residents, including 1,683 from Delaware County, to look elsewhere for coverage.chocolate slim τιμή

“The money simply isn’t there,” said Kirsten Page, spokeswoman for Gov. Tom Corbett. “It was a program born out of tobacco settlement money and it was not expected to last forever. There was always an expiration date on it and it was underfunded from the beginning.”african mango 900 for

AdultBasic covered individuals between 19 and 65 years of age who had been uninsured for at least 90 days, or uninsured due to job loss and did not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare. The income cap was $21,660 for individuals and $44,100 for a family of four.su that ve gel titan

With premiums of just $36 per month and a solid menu of benefits, the waiting list for adultBasic topped 500,000. According to the Department of Insurance, Blue insurers covered $120 million of the roughly $163 million cost of adultBasic in the 2009-2010 budget. Another $40 million was drawn from the tobacco settlement pot and $3 million from the general fund.léčba prostaty bylinkami

Page said the governor did not have any discussions with insurance company executives about extending the Community Health Reinvestment Agreement, a pact negotiated by members of former Gov. Ed Rendell’s staff and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance and the Blues that funded adultBasic and other state programs through the end of last year.mua chocolate slim o dau

“The administration did work with the Blues to have the restriction on pre-existing medical conditions waived for adultBasic enrollees who are interested in the Blues Special Care program,” Page said.revomuscle fórum

Independence Blue Cross spokeswoman Ruth Stoolman said IBC had received about 900 applications for Special Care, a program with monthly premiums of $148.70 in the Philadelphia five-county area.pckeeper live

“Special Care is another health plan for low-income adults that IBC is subsidizing,” she said. “While the plan offers somewhat more limited benefits than adultBasic, it is similar in that it offers basic health coverage for doctors visits, emergency room care and hospitalizations.”eco slim forum

In an open letter to the Blue Cross-Blue Shield executives, state Rep. John Myers, D-Philadelphia, urged the insurers to use a small percentage of their estimated $5.6 billion surplus to continue funding adultBasic.

“Special Care’s limit of four doctor visits per year is especially troubling, since many of these individuals have serious, life-threatening medical conditions that require far more than four doctor appointments,” Myers wrote. “Without adultBasic, many of these people will be faced with the grim choice of either falling into bankruptcy to pay for their health care, or endangering themselves due to lack of treatment and routine screening.”

Erik Arneson, director of communication and policy for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, said health care will be front and center in the upcoming budget debate.

“We remain committed to addressing the problem of Pennsylvanians without health care insurance,” he said. “More than 2 million state residents currently receive some form of taxpayer-funded coverage. The adultBBasic program — along with every other state-funded program — must be considered in the context of the multibillion dollar shortfall that Pennsylvania now faces.

“Maintaining critical government services for as many people as possible will be a challenge. The issue of access to health care for uninsured Pennsylvanians will be, and should be, part of those upcoming budget discussions.”

The Department of Insurance has fielded more than 8,000 calls in the last month on its adultBasic hotline, 800-GO-BASIC.

“I’m sure we’ll be equally as busy tomorrow as we were today — probably busier,” said Insurance Department spokeswoman Roseanne Placey. “I’m sure some people will wake up saying, ‘No other options have come through, what do I do now?’”

By TIMOTHY LOGUEtlogue@delcotimes.comhttp://delcotimes.com/articles/2011/03/01/news/doc4d6c6cafe1e46904062706.txt

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