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Advocacy groups urge Governor Corbett to move on Medicaid

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 29, 2012 2:36 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The AARP, Pennsylvania Council of Churches and Pennsylvania's chapter of the National Association of Social Workers are among dozens of public health and advocacy groups that are asking Governor Corbett to pursue a federally funded expansion of Medicaid.

The 64 groups have written a letter to Corbett, saying the move would save the state on costs for uncompensated care, behavioral health and immunizations.

Under 2010's federal Affordable Care Act, states can expand income eligibility limits under the nation's health care program for the poor to cover more adults.

They say expanding the state's coverage could cover up to 500,000 Pennsylvanians who lack health care while strengthening hospitals, health clinics and medical professionals.

Corbett, a Republican who is critical of the law, hasn't said what he will do.

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