Politics and Government
- Jay Paterno announces plans to run for lieutenant governor
- Rep. Sam Smith announces retirement
- Corbett remains weak among Pa. GOP; Gov. hopefuls finances due
- Topper wins 78th District House seat
- PSU Coach Franklin to be Rep. Thompson's SOTU guest
- President Obama to visit western Pa. Wednesday
- State judge strikes down Pennsylvania voter ID law
- Corbett ending bid to privatize Pa. Lottery
- Pa. House advances child-abuse reforms
- Recount allowed in Port Matilda mayor's race
- Still no mayor named in Centre Co. town
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- Second person to challenge Shuster in 9th District Race
- Obama: 'We fumbled the rollout' of health care plan
- State College mayor re-elected
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- Congress sends gov't funding, debt bill to Obama
- Corbett: No more to say about gay marriage remark
- Monday marks deadline for voter registration
- Pa. senators vote to lift CHIP's 6-month wait
- Pa. Treasurer Rob McCord running for governor
- Pastor says he was fired for same-sex wedding in Centre Co.
- Pa. lawmakers return to Capitol for fall session
- Corbett, US to start meeting on Pa. Medicaid plan
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Pa. senators vote to lift CHIP's 6-month wait
Updated: Thursday, September 26 2013, 04:48 PM EDT
By: The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. --
The state Senate has advanced a portion of Gov. Tom Corbett's just-released plan to help children get health insurance.
Senators voted unanimously Wednesday to eliminate a six-month waiting period during which some children must go uninsured before entering Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program. The bill goes to the House.
The waiting period applies to children who qualify for the low-cost and at-cost CHIP programs, but not the free CHIP program.
The state Insurance Department says it helps ensure that employers or parents don't drop private insurance to enroll kids in CHIP. There are exceptions for children who are under two, lost health benefits because a parent lost their job or moved from another public insurance program.
Since he became governor, children’s enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP has shrunk by 65,000.