Wolf administration wraps up overhaul of Medicaid benefits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Wolf administration says it has completed the transfer of more than 1 million adult Medicaid enrollees into a single benefits package as the program expands to record numbers under the 2010 federal health care law.

Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas said Tuesday that his department had finished a process that included the dismantling of changes Gov. Tom Wolf’s predecessor had sought to make to Medicaid coverage.

The new benefits package, called HealthChoices, is similar to the one enrollees had last year.

Former Gov. Tom Corbett had tried to create three different benefits programs starting Jan. 1, in conjunction with his administration’s embrace of the Medicaid expansion. But the federal government didn’t approve all of those changes before Wolf took office.

Also, advocates for the poor had protested Corbett’s plan.

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