- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A second lawsuit is challenging elements of Gov. Tom Corbett’s overhaul of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program.

Pamela Walz of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia said Monday the lawsuit aims to prevent benefits reductions for nearly 200,000 adults.

A separate Community Legal Services federal lawsuit also is challenging aspects of the Jan. 1 overhaul.

The second lawsuit was filed in Commonwealth Court last week. It argues Corbett’s administration illegally enacted benefit cuts without changing existing state regulations that provide for more generous benefits.

Corbett’s Department of Human Services says it disagrees with the allegations.

About 40,000 adults were switched to new policies under the 2010 health care law’s Medicaid expansion. Another 150,000 were assigned to a new plan for healthier adults, but benefits limitations are awaiting federal government approval to take effect.

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