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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several key pieces of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, and may include changes to your healthcare coverage. Pennsylvania wants to ensure that individuals who have applied, or are planning to apply, for healthcare know their status and where to go for assistance.
If you applied for healthcare coverage through the federal government's website, HealthCare.gov, technical issues may impact your coverage on Jan. 1.
Thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians who applied through the federal government's website and were determined eligible or potentially eligible for Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage may find out they were not enrolled as anticipated as of Jan. 1. This was due to a data transfer issue where states received incomplete records from the federal government.
The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) asks for patience from these customers, as they work to manually process the more than 25,000 applications affected by the file transfer issues. DPW will do everything possible to ensure these individuals receive the coverage they've applied for as quickly as possible.
If you applied on HealthCare.gov and were found eligible or potentially eligible for Medicaid:
If you applied on HealthCare.gov and were found eligible for Private Coverage:
You should confirm your healthcare coverage through your new insurance company if you've not already received verification of enrollment.
If you applied through the state for Medicaid or CHIP and were found eligible:
You do not need to take any further action.
If you applied through the state for Medicaid or CHIP and were found ineligible:
If your family includes a current CHIP recipient:
If you received a discontinuation notice on a private insurance plan:
If you have employer-sponsored insurance:
Contact your employer directly with any questions.
If you did not complete Healthcare.gov enrollment, did not meet the deadline for Jan. 1 enrollment, or are uninsured:
Governor Corbett's Healthy Pennsylvania plan will increase access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage for more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians. The plan is currently in a public comment period and will be submitted to the federal government for approval following the review of the comments received. More information about the Healthy Pennsylvania plan is available at www.pa.gov.
Christine Cronkright, Governor's Office, 717-783-1116
Kait Gillis, DPW, 717-425-7606
Rosanne Placey or Melissa Fox, Insurance, 717-787-3289
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