Corbett challenged over moving kids to Medicaid

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Public interest lawyers are challenging Gov. Tom Corbett over his protests that the 2010 federal health care law will force some children with state-subsidized insurance to switch to Medicaid.

A lawyer for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia said Friday that children move between Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, all the time.

Plus, lawyer Richard Weishaupt says Pennsylvania’s four nonprofit Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurers provide both Medicaid and CHIP insurance plans.

In any case, Weishaupt says Medicaid is better for families than CHIP because it offers much more comprehensive health care coverage than CHIP does.

Under the health care law, states must expand the eligibility limits of Medicaid for children ages 6 to 19. Pennsylvania’s CHIP program already provides coverage to those children.

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