Uninsured Pennsylvanians and health care advocates yesterday criticized state leaders’ plan to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars of state tobacco settlement money to the general fund after ending a low-income insurance program.

A five-page document posted on Governor Rendell’s website reveals that $250 million in tobacco settlement money was diverted to the general fund in the current year’s budget.

The majority of the states, who have received billions of dollars from the Master Tobacco Settlement, have put the money into general funds. Very little was spent on health care costs which was the rationale for the original lawsuit filed by 46 state Attorney Generals.



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