Corbett Announces Medicaid Expansion Plan Today

09.16.13 | Bob Price

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announces his plan today to expand health coverage to the poor by using public dollars to finance commercial insurance for half a million uninsured residents.  Corbett will seek approval from the federal government to provide private health coverage rather than expand the state's Medicaid rolls.  Currently, 25 states are moving forward with Medicaid expansion, which begins next year. Corbett, who initially rejected expansion in his February budget address, has said recently that he would consider options if the federal government agreed to modifications in the way Medicaid was provided.  Corbett is also expected to push back against the federal government's denial of a request last week to keep children on CHIP, the state-run health program, rather than move them to Medicaid as required by the Affordable Care Act.