Pa. court directs tobacco money to health care

    Pennsylvania government officials were trying to determine the impact of a judge’s ruling Tuesday that a portion of the state’s unspent tobacco settlement money go to the defunct adultBasic health insurance program for lower-income adults or a similar plan, rather than be used to help balance the government budget.

    Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini, applying a previous and related court ruling, declared unconstitutional two state laws that siphoned the money from adultBasic and Medicaid for disabled workers.

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