Commonwealth Court today ordered Gov. Corbett to reinstate AdultBasic. The health insurance program was canceled by the Governor as one of his first acts in office and threw about 60,000 off health care rolls. The program was funded by the tobacco settlement money and from profits by the Blues. The fact the designated tobacco settlement funds were rerouted to the state’s general fund violated the legal settlement by which they were collected by the state.
State Sen. Rob Teplitz released this statement:
“Pennsylvania’s share of the Tobacco Settlement Act funds were specifically designated for health-related programs, and the funding helped tens of thousands of working Pennsylvanians afford health coverage through the adultBasic plan,” said Teplitz (D-Dauphin/York). “It was wrong for Governor Corbett to take away much-needed health care from low-income working men and women, and I’m pleased that the court has ruled that adultBasic should be reinstated.”
In his previous role in the Department of the Auditor General, Teplitz contributed to the 2011 report issued by Auditor General Jack Wagner recommending that the governor and the General Assembly use settlement dollars for health-related programs as mandated by the Tobacco Settlement Act, Act 77 of 2001.
“After a series of public hearings, we determined that Pennsylvania should not have shifted funds from the Tobacco Settlement Act in order to fill gaps in the state’s general fund,” Teplitz said. “It’s crucial that we work to bring the adultBasic program back so that folks can once again obtain affordable health coverage.”