adultBasic http://wesa.fm en Interpretation of Tobacco Settlement Ruling Begins in PA http://wesa.fm/post/interpretation-tobacco-settlement-ruling-begins-pa <p>The fate of a program receiving money from the state’s tobacco settlement is unknown, as are the Corbett administration’s next steps on how to allocate the special funding.</p><p>A judge deemed unconstitutional two state laws that diverted tobacco settlement money away from adultBasic, the commonwealth’s bygone health insurance program for adults. It was shut down in 2011 after Governor Corbett said it was no longer affordable.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:25:59 +0000 Mary Wilson 2256 at http://wesa.fm A "Victory for the Working Poor" http://wesa.fm/post/victory-working-poor <p>A day after a Commonwealth Court judge ruled that the Corbett administration has to spend tobacco settlement proceeds on health care programs such as adultBasic, plantiffs celebrated what they call a victory for the working poor.</p><p>AdultBasic, a health insurance plan, launched in 2002 for low-income people earning too much to qualify for Medicaid.&nbsp; Two years ago, when the Corbett administration cancelled the program, 41,000 people lost their health insurance coverage.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:31:05 +0000 Erika Beras 2128 at http://wesa.fm Lawyers Say Court Ruling Gives adultBasic New Life http://wesa.fm/post/lawyers-say-court-ruling-gives-adultbasic-new-life <div class="field-item even"><p>A portion of Pennsylvania's tobacco settlement proceeds must fund the defunct adultBasic health insurance program for lower-income adults or a similar plan, rather than be used to help balance the government budget or pay for teacher pensions, a judge ruled&nbsp;Tuesday.</p><p>Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini, applying a previous and related court ruling, declared unconstitutional two state laws that siphoned the money away from adultBasic and Medicaid for disabled&nbsp;workers.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Mark Scolforo Associated Press 2151 at http://wesa.fm