Lack of health insurance contributes to the deaths of two Pennsylvanians each day.
This compelling statistic, based on the analysis of the highly credible Institute of Medicine, is made real by a May 27 article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It features the sad story of Bill Koehler, a 57-year-old man from Garfield.
The budget plan passed by the Pennsylvania Senate in early May would mean 12,000 fewer children would be covered by health insurance in the 2009-10 fiscal year.
At a May 27th news conference, Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario described the impact of the Senate's plan to cut nearly $8 million from the amount proposed earlier this spring by Governor Ed Rendell for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
PA House Majority Leader Todd Eachus has introduced a bill to expand adultBasic, Pennsylvania's subsidized health insurance plan, to 130,000 working-age adults.
Currently, only 44,000 people are insured by adultBasic, the program started by Governor Tom Ridge in 2001 to help the uninsured buy coverage at an affordable rate. Approximately 235,000 people are on the waiting list, which has been growing rapidly. The Eachus bill would enable 86,000 individuals to move from the waiting list into active coverage.
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