Corbett Administration to keep health care program for disabled

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 25, 2014 1:16 AM

Pa. Department of Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth.

(Harrisburg) -- The Corbett administration has changed its stance and says it will keep a health care program for the disabled rather than seeking to shift some of the approximately 36,000 enrollees into private insurance plans.

Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth made the announcement Thursday to a Medicaid advisory group meeting.

The proposal to end Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities was initially a part of the Republican governor's plan to use federal Medicaid expansion dollars to extend private health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.

The change is the Corbett administration's latest revision while it seeks federal approval for its plan. The shift would have saved the state government an estimated $38 million a year. 

Advocates for the disabled had opposed it, saying private insurance plans would require higher premiums.

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