Senate committee to vote on Medicaid expansion

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 28, 2013 11:37 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A vote is looming in a Pennsylvania state Senate committee on legislation to potentially expand Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians under the 2010 federal health care law.

Senate officials said the vote was scheduled for Friday's Public Health and Welfare Committee. The actual amendment to be voted on remains under wraps and its fate in the House is uncertain.

But Senate Republican and Democratic leaders have negotiated the amendment with the involvement of Governor Corbett's office, and are writing certain conditions into it to make it more amenable to Republicans who may otherwise oppose it.

Democrats are solidly in support of it. Ultimately, the governor's office would need to submit a plan that wins federal approval for the expansion.

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