Thompson Urges HHS Secretary to Prevent Thousands of Pennsylvania Children from Losing Health Insurance

Jun 4, 2013 Issues: Healthcare

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to prevent thousands of children from being force out of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) due to changes being implemented under President Obama’s 2010 health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Sebelius was a witness before the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, one of three committees in the House with jurisdiction over the ACA.

Referencing a series of meetings and correspondence between Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett and HHS on the matter of Pennsylvania CHIP enrollees being shifted to Medicaid coverage as a result of the ACA, Thompson further encouraged Secretary Sebelius to ensure that CHIP kids are not put in a position where health care provider choices are limited.

Following the hearing, Thompson said “Governor Corbett’s request is a reasonable one that takes into consideration that CHIP is serving Pennsylvania’s kids adequately through commercial products that are widely accepted by physicians. Moving kids on to Medicaid has the potential to limit access. CHIP is a bipartisan model that was created in Pennsylvania and adopted by the federal government nationwide because it works. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel and disrupt the care CHIP kids are receiving.”

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