Cover A Few Pennsylvanians update

A few weeks ago, we put out some quick facts about the few Pennsylvanians that would be covered by “Cover All Pennsylvanians.” Based on the new Governor’s budget, we have had to revise that estimate (PDF version).

CAP will actually cover fewer Pennsylvanians than we said it would. Even taking away some basic assumptions – that there would be any increase in uninsured (through losing coverage, new residents, children becoming adults) or any “crowd out” (those currently insured moving onto CAP), Governor Rendell’s own numbers indicate only about 200,000 would use CAP (excluding current Adult Basic enrollees and future Medicaid increases). This represents one-quarter of the estimate uninsured.