Corbett gets bill to broaden Pa. kids' health care
October 16, 2013
- A bill to cut a six-month waiting period and extend the life of a popular
program that provides health insurance for children is on its way to the desk
of Gov. Tom Corbett.
The state House voted
unanimously on Tuesday to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program through
It eliminates the
waiting period for the children who qualify for the low-cost and at-cost CHIP
programs. The waiting period doesn't apply to the free CHIP program.
State officials say
the waiting period was a way to prevent parents or employers from dropping
private insurance to enroll children in CHIP.
Corbett says he'll
sign it, calling it a step toward increasing access to quality and affordable