In Less Than Four Days, 42,000 Pennsylvanians Will Lose Their Health Insurance

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Looking forward to the weekend? Well, thousands of hardworking Pennsylvanians may not be. This, in all likelihood, will be the last weekend they have health insurance coverage for quite some time.

The nearly 42,000 Pennsylvanians who are enrolled in adultBasic will lose their health insurance coverage as the sun sets on the state’s adultBasic health insurance program Monday. This, despite the best efforts of some lawmakers to save it!

And as the sun sets, a group of health care advocates and adultBasic consumers (led by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network) will gather outside the Governor' Mansion in Harrisburg to mark this occasion and send a message to Governor Corbett that the working Pennsylvanians who rely on adultBasic matter. (We’d love to have you join us. Learn more here.)

Governor Corbett has said the funding just isn’t there to continue adultBasic, but as we have noted, there are options to keep this critical lifeline going.

For one, the state’s four nonprofit Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans could fulfill their charitable obligation — which they have in exchange for generous tax breaks — by continuing contributions toward adultBasic. It would take less than 3% of their nearly $6 billion in collective surpluses to fund adultBasic for an entire year. There are other funding solutions on the table, including two proposed by Democratic legislators and another put forth by a Republican lawmaker.

The point is Governor Corbett and the Legislature could solve this crisis without jeopardizing the health of thousands of working Pennsylvanians.

Hopefully, they will see the light before we light our candles Monday night.

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