Senator: Dip into legislative kitty to cover health care program costs

A state Senator from Philadelphia wants to raid Rep. Peter to help pay for Poor Paul's health coverage.

Sen. Mike Stack, a Democrat, thinks the legislature should dip into its prodigious accounts to cover low-cost health coverage for low-income Pennsylvanians.

The adult basic insurance program that has been providing health services to 42,000 people is expected to run out of money by the end of the month.

Meanwhile, the state General Assembly coffers grow - to the tune of $200 million.

Republicans blame former Gov. Rendell for creating an unsustainable funding scheme for adultBasic and then allowing in more people than the existing funding could support.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County said today on the Senate floor the chamber would take up the matter as part of the budget negotiations. Of course, Gov. Corbett is not scheduled to deliver his budget address until March 8 - after the fund runs out of dough.

Members of the House and their staffs currently do not pay into their Cadillac health coverage plan. (Although that will change July when a new policy change management committee House members and their staffs - on a phased in basis - will pay one percent of their gross income into their health coverage.) The Senate does pay a percentage of their pay checks for health care.


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