Campaign to Prevent 45,000 Pennsylvanians from Losing Health Insurance Gains Support

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:

Health care blues: coverage for working poor should be extended
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.

Right note for the Blues
The Philadelphia Inquirer
, August 3, 2010

A three-year extension of the Blues funding agreement is the only realistic option at this point.

Sustain fund for basic care
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.

Covering the basics: The Blues can afford a three-year extension
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.

OTHER EDITORIALS

Blues should maintain support of AdultBasic
The Daily Review
of Towanda, August 3, 2010

Sustain fund for basic care
The Republican Herald
, August 3, 2010 

NEWS REPORTS

Health Insurance for Thousands in PA Faces Uncertain Future
Public News Service, August 2, 2010

Candidates split on insurance program
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
, July 29, 2010

Onorato, Corbett both back health insurance extension
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 29, 2010

Six-month extension likely for 45,800 poor adults on Blues-subsidized health insurance
Capitolwire.com, July 28, 2010

More Funding Needed For State Health Care Program
KDKA in Pittsburgh, July 28, 2010

Health Insurance Program on the Rocks
WDUQ in Pittsburgh, July 28, 2010

Activists rally to extend health insurance
WHYY in Philadelphia, July 28, 2010

Blues are pressed to retain plan for the poor
The Philadelphia Inquirer
, July 28, 2010

Protestors Demand Continuation of Adult Basic
KYW in Philadelphia, July 28, 2010

Report says adultBasic coverage in Pa. endangered
The Philadelphia Business Journal
, July 29, 2010

A small victory for health insurance protesters
The Delaware County Daily Times
, July 29, 2010

Group protests Blues' plan to eliminate low-cost health insurance program
The Scranton Times-Tribune
, July 29, 2010

Protest to save health plan held
The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
, July 29, 2010

Cuts at insurer draw protests in Wilkes-Barre
The Citizens Voice
of Luzerne County, July 29, 2010