AdultBasic Comes to an End
March 1, 2011
More than 41,000 Pennsylvanians have lost their adultBasic health insurance coverage with the expiration of the program on March 1. Read a statement from the Pennsylvania Health Access Network about the ending of the program.
AdultBasic, created in 2002 under former Governor Tom Ridge, provided affordable basic health care to Pennsylvanians between ages 19 and 65 earning up to 200% of the federal poverty level.
The program faced a funding crisis after the expiration of the Community Health Reinvestment Agreement in December 2010. Under that agreement, the state's four Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans provided critical funding to adultBasic since 2005.
Governor Tom Corbett opted to allow adultBasic to end rather than address the funding crisis, and to offer those who lost their coverage the option of enrolling in a more expensive benefit plan with severe limits on coverage.
Below is a map showing adultBasic enrollment by county as of January 2011. Click on the image to access a PDF version. View a table listing adultBasic enrollment and waiting list by county.
To learn more about adultBasic and the funding crisis that brought it to an end, read PBPC's July 2010 research report on the issue.
In January, 493,787 Pennsylvanians were on the waiting list for adultBasic. Below is a map showing enrollment by county. Click on the image to access a PDF version. Click here to view a table listing adultBasic enrollment and waiting list by county.