A class action lawsuit against Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and other state politicians has been filed on behalf of some 41,000 residents who lost health care insurance. All were covered under the former Adultbasic Insurance plan, set up for low-income workers.
The lawsuit contends that Corbett illegally redirected the state’s share of tobacco settlement money away from one of its core negotiated agreements with cigarette makers.
One of those stipulations is that it required Pennsylvania to spend the money to help people maintain their health. The lawsuit notes that about 30 percent of the tobacco money was earmarked for AdultBasic, and a medicaid program for disabled workers.
With no funding, the plug was pulled on AdultBasic a few weeks ago. Leaving another 500,000 Pennsylvanians on a waiting list, out in the proverbial cold.
In a written statement, Corbett’s office said, “the lawsuit is without merit and will be successfully defended in court.”
The lawsuit was filed in state court by three people who were among those covered by the insurance plan.
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