There is little doubt that many, if not most, of those people will go uninsured, said Antoinette Kraus, project manager of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, a coalition of organizations working to expand health coverage for working people and the poor.
"When you get down to it, more people are going to go to emergency rooms," Kraus
With the last of the subsidies ending Wednesday, unemployed workers find themselves back where they were before the stimulus began, Kraus
"It was a temporary benefit," she
noted that insurance options are dwindling for the unemployed.
insurance program ended earlier this year and Pennsylvania Fair Care, the program for the uninsured with pre-existing conditions, remains open only to those who have been without insurance for at least six months.
"Our concern is there really is no option available to them," she
The Affordable Care Act in 2014 will expand coverage to uninsured people, Kraus
said, but the expiration of the subsidies means the unemployed will have few choices until that time.