Campaign to Prevent 45,000 Pennsylvanians from Losing Health Insurance Gains Support
August 10, 2010
Strong calls for preserving adultBasic have followed last week's release of a report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and Pennsylvania Health Access Network examining a funding crisis facing the program. At the heart of the crisis is the December expiration of an agreement with the state's four Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans to help fund adultBasic.
This week, three of the state's largest newspapers joined the call for funding adultBasic through 2014. Here's what they had to say:
The Patriot-News, August 9, 2010
Throwing 46,000 people off of health insurance, even if it is not until mid-2011, is unacceptable. Demand for the program continues to grow. The waiting list has increased by 300 percent since December 2007.
The Blues insurance companies should voluntarily agree to pay for the program for three years until the start of national health care. If they do not, the General Assembly should pass legislation that requires the extension.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 3, 2010
A three-year extension of the Blues funding agreement is the only realistic option at this point.
The Scranton Times-Tribune, August 2, 2010
Despite the payments since 2005, the Blues continue to hold substantial surpluses ... [and] continue to have an obligation, under their tax exemptions, to contribute to charitable health care enterprises, even though they all also operate for-profit, taxable subsidiaries.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 1, 2010
A patient with a broken leg may be satisfied to walk with the help of a cast and a cane for a few months, but the goal of his medical treatment is a leg that's healed and healthy for the long term.
Likewise, the state's adultBasic health insurance program needs more than a short-term fix.
There has also been extensive media coverage of the adultBasic funding crisis, the report and PHAN's statewide day of action to preserve adultBasic.
The Daily Review of Towanda, August 3, 2010
Public News Service, August 2, 2010
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 29, 2010
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 29, 2010
Capitolwire.com, July 28, 2010
KDKA in Pittsburgh, July 28, 2010
WDUQ in Pittsburgh, July 28, 2010
WHYY in Philadelphia, July 28, 2010
The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 28, 2010
KYW in Philadelphia, July 28, 2010
The Philadelphia Business Journal, July 29, 2010
The Delaware County Daily Times, July 29, 2010
The Scranton Times-Tribune, July 29, 2010
The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, July 29, 2010
The Citizens Voice of Luzerne County, July 29, 2010