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.
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 (healthcare.gov).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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