2013-09-05 / Local & State

Corbett Wants Feds’ Answer On CHIP Within A Week

By Marc Levy

ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett wants an answer in a week on whether the federal government will waive a requirement that tens of thousands of Pennsylvania children switch from a state-subsidized health insurance program to Medicaid.

Corbett’s Friday letter says the lack of an answer is creating operational and systems challenges for the state, but a spokeswoman says the Republican governor isn’t looking at suing if U. S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius refuses an exemption. A Sebelius spokesman didn’t immediately respond Friday to questions about the agency’s position.

The requirement for children to switch Jan. 1 is part of the 2010 federal health care law.

Philadelphia-based lawyers who advocate for the poor say children are better off under Medicaid anyway because its coverage is more comprehensive than the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

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