House OKs moving children’s insurance program to new agency

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved a bill that would move a program that provides health insurance for more than 150,000 children into a new department.

The unanimous vote Tuesday on the Children’s Health Insurance Program came without any debate.

Proponents said the transfer of responsibility from the Insurance Department to the Department of Human Services would make Pennsylvania’s program match the 49 other states.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Tina Pickett, says the shift would not cause changes in eligibility, copayments or benefits. The Bradford County Republican says it’s designed to save money and improve the coordination of services for children whose coverage fluctuates with family income between CHIP and Medicaid.

The Wolf administration supports the change.

The bill now will move to the Senate for further action.

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