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Analysis of Healthy Pennsylvania Comments to CMS: Four Out of Five Commenters Reject Healthy PA

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Analysis of Healthy Pennsylvania Comments to CMS: Four Out of Five Commenters Reject Healthy PA

Date Posted: 
04/10/2014

Pennsylvanians are overwhelmingly opposed to Healthy Pennsylvania, according to the responses submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) via the CMS comment tool regarding the plan.

By the close of the federal comment period, at 6:00 am on Friday, April 11, 2014, 806 comments were submitted online. This tally does not include comments submitted via e-mail or mail.  Of the Pennsylvania residents or organizations that took the time to comment on the Healthy Pennsylvania proposal, only 34 commenters (4%) supported the proposal.  659 responders (83%) opposed it for myriad reasons, including benefits cuts, elimination of the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) program, and unaffordable premiums.

Commenter #179: “As the parent of a child with a disability, we have some experience with public benefits. Navigating public benefits is already a daunting task, but additional barriers, such as those included in the Healthy PA plan, make it impossible for families and individuals to have their most basic health care needs met.”

Commenter #211: “Pennsylvania's plan will discriminate against people with disabilities in a number of ways. The largest impact will be stopping people from receiving quality medical equipment, especially decent manual wheelchair's that will not damage the users’ shoulders, arms and back.”

Commenter #337: "’Healthy PA’ is not healthy for Pennsylvania. Premiums on the poor, decrease to Medicaid benefits and use of the Private Coverage Option is a mistake and unnecessary.”

Commenter # 520: “I work as hard as I can and take care of myself the best I can and MAWD has allowed me to do that. Please don't let them take it away.”

For more information about how Healthy Pennsylvania will harm low-income Pennsylvanians and cut benefits for the 1.1 million in adults in Pennsylvania who are currently receiving Medicaid, please visit http://clsphila.org/learn-about-issues/tag/199.

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