2011-04-21 / Local & State

Corbett Wins Initial Victory In Health-care Suit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A judge will not stop the administration of Gov. Tom Corbett from using money that in the past had helped pay for Pennsylvania’s shuttered health-care plan for low-income adults.

Commonwealth Court Senior Judge James Kelley on Thursday denied a motion to order the state treasurer to hold onto Pennsylvania’s annual deposit of money from a 1998 settlement with major cigarette manufacturers.

The lawsuit filed last month alleges that tobacco settlement money set aside for the plan, called adultBasic, was unlawfully diverted to other purposes in the past. The case lists 75 plaintiffs who were covered by adult- Basic until Corbett ended it Feb. 28.

Kelly didn’t explain in a one-page order why he denied the motion. The suit is still pending and asks the court to force Corbett to resurrect adultBasic.

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