Is Corbett's Medicaid Plan Ready to Be Revealed?

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  |  Updated 7:44 AM EDT
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Is Corbett's Medicaid Plan Ready to Be Revealed?

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Gov. Tom Corbett's administration could be ready to submit its proposal to the federal government to draw down billions of Medicaid expansion dollars to help uninsured working adults buy health insurance.

Administration spokesman Jay Pagni wouldn't say whether it'll submit the proposal Wednesday to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Spokesman Jay Pagni would only say that the administration plans to take the next step.

Corbett, a Republican and Medicaid critic, is refusing to use the money to expand the five-decade old federal-state program to care for the poor and disabled.

He says the program is bloated and inefficient. Rather, he wants to use the Medicaid expansion money to subsidize private health insurance for about 520,000 newly eligible Pennsylvania adults. But that will need the federal government's approval.

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