Corbett to keep health care program for disabled

Tom Corbett

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration has changed its stance and says it will keep a health care program for the disabled rather than shifting approximately 34,000 enrollees into private insurance plans.

Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth made the announcement Thursday to a Medicaid advisory group meeting.

The proposal to end Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities was initially a part of the Republican governor’s plan to use federal Medicaid expansion dollars to extend private health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.

It is the Corbett administration’s latest revision while it seeks the federal government’s approval for its plan. The shift would have saved the state government an estimated $38 million a year.

Advocates for the disabled had opposed it, saying some private insurance plans would require higher premiums.

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