Governor Corbett wants answer on CHIP within a week

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 30, 2013 3:11 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor 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 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 today to questions about the agency's position.

The requirement for children to switch January 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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