HARRISBURG – Individuals who buy health insurance through Pennie could receive a new state subsidy to help pay for their insurance premiums under a proposal introduced by Dauphin County Rep. Patty Kim. Pennie provides health care coverage for thousands of Pennsylvanians who fall outside of traditional work-related coverage options, but many families still struggle to meet their deductibles or pay premiums. Over two-thirds of uninsured people who applied for, but did not purchase, Pennie coverage said it was too expensive. Kim’s proposal answers Gov. Josh Shapiro’s call to create a pilot program giving Pennsylvanians cash subsidies so they can buy health insurance through Pennie. House Bill 2234 has passed the PA House Insurance Committee and is ready for a full House vote.