MOVING AWAY FROM HEALTHY PA
On August 28th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their approval of Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion alternative, Healthy Pennsylvania. That means the "Coverage Gap" that prevented more than 300,000 low-income Pennsylvanians from getting help paying for coverage in 2014 is now closed.
However, Healthy PA is not real Medicaid Expansion. Healthy PA comes with new bureaucracy, extra cost, greater complexity and, worst of all, new restrictions on care. We can undo the damage and delays caused by Healthy PA by moving to traditional Medicaid Expansion.
I'M UNINSURED. SHOULD I APPLY FOR HEALTHY PA?
YES. While Healthy PA is not real Medicaid Expansion, eligibility rules were changed so that your current monthly income is the only factor in deciding if you qualify.
That's a big change from the old rules, which prevented relatively healthy, low-income adults without young children from getting covered by Medicaid.
If your income is below 138% of the poverty level, you will qualify even if you have assets or are not disabled. If your income is at or below the levels listed here, you should apply for Healthy PA right away.
You must also be a U.S. citizen or lawfully-present immigrant (who has been in the U.S. longer than 5 years) and not incarcerated to qualify.
Enrollment began December 1st, 2014 and continues year-round. If you apply after January 1st, the date of your application will become your coverage effective date.
CAN I GET HELP APPLYING FOR HEALTHY PA?
YES. You can apply with help (in person or over the phone) from a Navigator or Certified Application Counselor by calling any of the following organizations:
You can also apply directly, through the state's Department of Human Services by: