, the state's alternative to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, saw lots of action on the first day of signups.
The first day of enrollment comes more than 18 months after Mr. Corbett announced his proposal to seek federal approval for a Medicaid expansion alternative that would use federal dollars to pay for private health coverage.
The target population was those making too much for Medicaid and not enough to qualify for tax credits on the federal health insurance exchange...
Under new income guidelines, single adults, for instance, earning up to about $16,000 and a family of three making about $27,000 qualify. Coverage begins Jan. 1. There is no deadline to enroll.
"Hardworking Pennsylvanians have been waiting far too long for this day," said Ms. Kraus, who was part of a team helping to enroll individuals Monday at a library in Carlisle, west of Harrisburg.
There is a chance the program could transition to a more straight-forward Medicaid expansion
under the new administration.
On Jan. 20, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes office, and he has vowed to scrap the Corbett plan - which critics say places limits on coverage for the most vulnerable - and shift immediately to full Medicaid expansion.
Wolf spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan said individuals would not lose coverage even though the transition will be cumbersome.
Original source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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