Judge won’t stop part of Pa.’s Medicaid overhaul

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A judge is denying an effort to stop a part of Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to overhaul Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program a day before it takes effect.

A federal judge in Philadelphia on Wednesday denied a motion by Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

The lawsuit involves the switch of about 40,000 adults from state-paid Medicaid coverage called General Assistance. They are to be covered beginning Thursday by policies paid entirely by the federal government under the guidelines of the 2010 health care law’s Medicaid expansion.

Community Legal Services had sought to keep the General Assistance enrollees covered by a more generous Medicaid plan for sicker people. But U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond says he did not find that there was a widespread threat of people losing access to services they need.

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