NU Online News Service, July 2, 3:15 p.m. – Pennsylvania has enrolled 6,000 adults in adultBasic, the state’s 1-month-old health insurance program for uninsured adults, state officials report.
Pennsylvania is using all of the cash it receives from its share of the National Tobacco Settlement to pay for the adultBasic program and other health care programs.
Organizers of the adultBasic program expect to spend $76 million to subsidize the purchase of private health coverage this year for 40,000 Pennsylvania residents, officials say.
Pennsylvania is making the program available to state residents between the ages of 19 and 64 who are unemployed; have jobs that do not provide health benefits; or have incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level, or about $17,000 per year for a single adult.
The cost of the coverage is $30 per month. Co-payments for doctor visits are only $5, and co-payments for emergency room visits are only $25.
Residents and their advisors can submit applications through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services Web site, at http://www.insurance.state.pa.us/html/adultbasic.html