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Gov. Corbett wants Medicaid users to pay for coverage

Philadelphians who utilize CHIP, also known as Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program, for their children or Medicaid for themselves, might need to make some lifestyle changes if Gov. Tom Corbett's new proposal takes effect.

Gov. Tom Corbett. Courtesy of Wiki Commons. Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed changes to Medicaid. Credit: Wiki Commons

Pennsylvanians who utilize CHIP, the state Children's Health Insurance Program, or Medicaid might need to make some lifestyle changes if Gov. Tom Corbett's new proposal takes effect.

Yesterday, Corbett announced a new plan to reform Medicaid, the health insurance plan for low-income people.

Under his proposed reforms, those who utilize the state's Medicaid would have to pay a monthly premium to keep it. And healthy but uninsured low-income and out-of-work people would be required to prove they are searching for a job in order to receive Medicaid.

This plan was offered as states decide whether to participate in President Barack Obama's proposed Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare.

ObamaCare calls for expanded Medicaid that would be open to people earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $15,000 for a single person and $32,000 for a family of four. Corbett's plan still needs federal approval.

 
 
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