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Kids Can Remain Covered in CHIP Buy-In Program Through 2015

Safe Harbor for Families Enrolled in Full-Cost CHIP

HARRISBURG, PA – Today, the Wolf Administration announced a safe harbor for approximately 3,600 families enrolled in the CHIP buy-in program, allowing families to keep their coverage throughout 2015 without facing a tax penalty. Governor Wolf and Acting Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller also affirmed their commitment to work with insurers and lawmakers to bring benefits in the CHIP buy-in program into compliance with new federal standards.

Getting Covered Under the Affordable Care Act: How It Works

The next Open Enrollment Period begins November 1, 2015 and lasts through January 31, 2016. But, you may be able to get covered before then.

If you have low or no income, you may qualify for Medicaid -- even if you've been denied in the past. Plus, certain life changes -- like getting married, having or adopting a child, moving out of your current plan's service area, or losing job-based coverage give you a Special Enrollment Period to get a plan in the Marketplace (

Get Ready for a Break on Health Care Costs:

It's going to be a new day for health care on January 1st, 2014. No more denials for pre-existing conditions. No more getting charged more because you happen to be a woman. And no more financial ruin over health care costs -- thanks, in part to new tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for working and middle-class families to afford coverage. 

Protect Medicare Access Project

In early June, a Commonwealth Court judge ruled that UPMC's decision to kick seniors enrolled in Highmark Medicare Advantage plans out-of-network January 1, 2016 was a violation of the consent decree. He ordered both UPMC and Highmark to make no changes in their business relations, “no matter how small,” without court approval.

Help is at Hand… 896,000 Pennsylvanian’s Will Receive Tax Credits to Help Them Buy Health Insurance in 2014

Families USA, a national health consumer organization, released a report today, “Help is at Hand: New Health Insurance Tax Credits in Pennsylvania”. The report finds that beginning in 2014, approximately 896,000 Pennsylvanian’s will be eligible for new premium tax credits.

Highlights from Harrisburg: A Successful Start to the Cover the Commonwealth Campaign!

Earlier this afternoon, health care advocates stood shoulder to shoulder with physicians, providers, lawmakers and faith leaders to press forward in the campaign to bring jobs and coverage to Pennsylvania through the Medicaid expansion.

We're on our way to Harrisburg to bring home jobs and health care coverage to Pennsylvania!

As we speak, over 150 advocates are on their way to the Capitol to tell lawmakers it’s time to take the money to Cover the Commonwealth, and bring jobs and health care coverage to Pennsylvania families. 

Medicaid Expansion


A Huge Opportunity for Pennsylvania Families, Businesses & Hospitals 

Taking advantage of this unparalleled opportunity would allow Pennsylvania to bring health coverage to 500,000 -- 700,000 residents, lowering our uninsured rate by over 50%.

Oppose SB10! Protect the Affordable Care Act in PA!

On Wednesday, March 7th at 9:30am the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will hold a hearing consider a bill (Senate Bill 10) by Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution in at attempt to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act and continue to undermine public support for the law in our state. 

Pennsylvania Moving Forward on Insurance Marketplace; Industry Working to Influence Lawmakers to Do the "Bare Minimum"

In an email today, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department announced it’s intent to move forward on establishing a health insurance marketplace in PA. The Department has applied for funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to complete the planning and begin designing a new health insurance marketplace (an “exchange”) that needs to be open for business on January 1, 2014. 

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