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Leading Democrat optimistic about Medicaid expansion in PA

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 20, 2013 4:19 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A leading Democratic lawmaker in the effort to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania, under a 2010 federal health care law, says for the first time there's a little light at the end of the tunnel.

Philadelphia Senator Vincent Hughes says Senate Republican leaders are discussing a Medicaid expansion bill with the goal of holding a floor vote next week.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says Republicans have been discussing the issue for months and couldn't predict whether a vote would happen.

An expansion would cover hundreds of thousands of uninsured adults. But Governor Corbett's aides continue to raise questions about the cost to Pennsylvania.

Counting 23 Democrats, enough Republican senators have expressed support to pass an expansion bill.

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