Pennsylvania

Wolf Administration to Begin Reorganizing Medicaid Plans

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is beginning to transfer more than a million adult Medicaid enrollees into a single, new benefits program.

On Monday, the Department of Human Services will move more than 100,000 people into the program, called Health Choices. It also will stop admitting new enrollees into plans created by Wolf's predecessor, Tom Corbett.

It expects to finish transferring everybody else by Sept. 30.

The moves are designed to undo Corbett's efforts to create three different benefits programs. He had sought those changes in conjunction with Pennsylvania's embrace of the Medicaid expansion under the 2010 federal health care law.

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But advocates for the poor complained that Corbett's changes were administratively burdensome and confusing to enrollees while preventing some from getting coverage for dialysis, mental health counseling or addiction treatment.

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