Waiting period for kids’ health insurance may be scratched in Pa.

    Pennsylvania’s Senate has advanced one of the governor’s secondary health care priorities — a move to rid the Children’s Health Insurance Program of a six-month waiting period.


    Children enrolling in CHIP, the state’s nationally recognized health care program for kids, would not have to wait six months before getting coverage under a bill poised to go to the governor’s desk.

    The waiting period has been in place for children older than 2 as a way of ensuring employers or consumers wouldn’t drop private coverage to enroll in the public program.

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    But that has long been the subject of calls from frustrated constituents, according to Sen. Don White, R-Indiana.

    “This is a complaint that a lot of us have had, especially in regards to not so much the renewal of the CHIP program, which is a great, successful program, but the down period, the six-month waiting period,” White said.

    Deleting the waiting period is a top priority for the governor.

    That, along with CHIP’s two-year reauthorization, has passed in the Senate by a unanimous vote.The same is expected to occur in the House.

    The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-Delaware, said voting against it would be “like voting against apply pie and motherhood.”

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