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Healthy Pennsylvania Comprehensive Plan Public Comment Period

Today, Governor Corbett is releasing a draft application for Healthy Pennsylvania Private Coverage Option and Medicaid Reforms.  

As you may remember, an overview of this plan was released in September as part of Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania comprehensive plan.  The proposed Healthy Pennsylvania plan focuses on three key priorities:  improving access, ensuring quality and providing affordability.  

The Healthy Pennsylvania plan includes a Private Coverage Option and Medicaid reforms that will work to: 
1. Increase health care access for more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians;
2. Promote healthy behaviors, improve health outcomes and increase personal responsibility;
3. Ensure that benefits match health care needs; and
4. Implement a strategy for sustainability by aligning the current Medicaid program with private coverage. 

As part of the process, a notice regarding the plan will be printed in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and a draft application is being posted at  We hope you will take a few minutes to look at the plan. 

Over the next 30 days, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will be taking public comments on the plan and holding six public hearings around the commonwealth and two webinars.  Based on the comments DHS receives during the public comment period, they will develop a final application, which will be submitted to the Federal government.  

Once the proposal is submitted, the Federal government will ensure all waiver requirements are met and publish the proposal for a 30-day public comment period on the website.  Once the federal comment period has ended, DHS will work with the Federal government to have a final plan approved.

Public Hearing Dates and Locations for In-Person Attendance

Thursday, December 19, 2013, in Erie, PA
Time:  10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie, PA 16507
Registration Deadline: Monday, December 16, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013, in Pittsburgh, PA
Time:  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
Allegheny County Courthouse
436 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Friday, January 3, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA
Time:  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
Registration Deadline: Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday, January 6, 2014, in Scranton, PA
Time:  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
Hilton Scranton & Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue 
Scranton, PA, 18503 
Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, in Altoona, PA
Time:  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Blair County Convention Center
1 Convention Center Drive
Altoona, PA  16602
Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014, in Harrisburg, PA
Time:  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
The State Museum of Pennsylvania 
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Registration Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2014

Public Hearing Dates for Webinar Presentation

Monday, December 16, 2013
Time:  9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Time:  9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Registration Deadline: Friday, January 3, 2014

Public Comment

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding this notice to the Department at the following address:

Department of Human Services (DHS)
Attention:  Healthy Pennsylvania Waiver
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania  17105-2675

Comments received within 30 days of the posting of the public notice will be reviewed and considered.


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