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January 4, 2011

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC) today announced that George L. Hoover has joined the children’s advocacy organization as Health Policy Director. Prior to retiring from state government in 2008, George worked in human services for more than 36 years in numerous capacities including Deputy Insurance Commissioner of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the adultBasic Program in the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

His work during this period was key to the 2007 expansion of Pennsylvania’s CHIP through the Cover All Kids initiative, which allows uninsured children of any income to access CHIP coverage. George also administered adultBasic, a health care coverage program for low-income uninsured adults.

“There may be no single greater victory in recent years in the area of children’s health than the expansion of CHIP through Cover All Kids and George’s leadership was instrumental to that success,” said Joan L. Benso, president and CEO, PA Partnerships for Children. “We are thrilled to have George join our team and lead state and federal health policy work on behalf of children.”

Prior to joining the Insurance Department, George worked in the Department of Public Welfare for more than 30 years, serving in a variety of key management positions, including the executive director of a local welfare office and director of eligibility policy for the Food Stamp Program (now known as SNAP), and from 1993 to 2005, directing Medicaid eligibility policy.

George is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife.

More information may be obtained by contacting Kathy Geller Myers, PPC Communications Director, at 717-236-5680 or

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