2011-03-03 / Local & State

Pa. Low Income Health Plan Is At An end

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Today is scheduled to be the last day of coverage for more than 40,000 Pennsylvania adults through a state-subsidized health insurance program called adult- Basic that is a casualty of the state government’s dire financial situation.

Enrollees who are losing their coverage after Monday can call the state Department of Insurance’s help line, 1-800-GO-BASIC, or go on its website for guidance on new coverage options.

Advocates for the poor are planning a candlelight vigil Monday evening at the governor’s official residence in Harrisburg.

Gov. Tom Corbett and leaders of the Legislature’s Republican majority say there’s no money to extend the coverage. The state’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurers that have helped fund the program in recent years have decided not to put more money into it.

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