Senate Dems want to see Corbett's math on Medicaid expansion

Written by Craig Layne, Radio Pennsylvania and The Associated Press | Feb 20, 2013 6:55 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett's office and state Senate Democrats aren't on the same page when it comes to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Lawmakers asked Budget Secretary Charles Zogby to explain the administration's calculations on rejecting widening health coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured people.

He says the expansion would cost the commonwealth some four billion dollars within a decade, and federal authorities were not helpful in answering the administration's concerns.

"We've asked a lot of questions, and we've gotten very little back in terms of definitive advice and guidance," Zogby says.

State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) says a letter sent by his party asking the administration to explain its math has gone unanswered for three months.

"I sort of think it's ironic that you stress that you can't get any information from the Obama Administration on Obamacare, yet we've been asking for numbers since November and we haven't had any response," Farnese says.

Zogby responds he's happy to discuss the letter and he stands by the administration's numbers.

Under the proposed expansion, the federal government would cover 100 percent of the costs for the first three years, if expansion begins in 2014.

After three years, the federal match would gradually reduce to cover 90 percent of the expansion’s costs.

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