HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett is giving the federal government a week to say whether it'll waive a requirement that tens of thousands of Pennsylvania children switch from a state-subsidized health insurance program to Medicaid.
Corbett's Friday letter doesn't say whether the Republican governor will sue if U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius refuses an exemption. A Sebelius spokesman didn't immediately respond Friday to questions about the agency's position.
Corbett says the lack of a clear answer is creating operational and systems challenges for the state.
The requirement for children to switch Jan. 1 is the 2010 federal health care law.
Philadelphia-based lawyers who advocate for the poor say children are better off under Medicaid anyway because its coverage is more comprehensive than the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.