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Corbett considering costs of Medicaid expansion

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 14, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- As the New Year brings more pieces of the Affordable Care Act into law, Governor Corbett says he has yet to decide if the commonwealth will expand Medicaid access.

The ACA originally required states to pay primary care physicians no less than 100 percent of Medicaid payment rates for primary care services.

However, the courts ultimately said the states could decide whether to opt-in to those payments for the low-income government-run insurance program.

Governor Corbett says he's seeking more information from the federal Department of Health & Human Services before taking that step.

"When I don't know is how much it's going to cost, and when I start seeing that we're talking in the hundreds of millions of dollars, for us to get to hundreds of millions of dollars would require some new revenue source that we don't have right now," Corbett says.

Corbett made the comments on Radio Pennsylvania's "Ask the Governor" program.

The federal government will fully fund the Medicaid expansion for three years, and drop to 90 percent thereafter.

A report from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Unisnured found that -- nationwide -- state Medicaid spending would increase by $76 billion after the expansion.

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  • veritas img 2013-01-14 14:31

    Wonder why Health and Human services is holding back information about costs and funding of Obamacare? That would seem to be important info. Also why are costs and funding up to the HHS? Shouldn't that be Congress's area?
    Many of my friends have the same policy with Obamacare and drugs: The way to be is Obamacare free!

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