State GOP senators eye vote on Medicaid expansion

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 21, 2013 5:56 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The top Republican state senator says a bill to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the 2010 federal health care law will come up for a floor vote next week. 

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said Thursday that Republicans will prepare legislation that puts reasonable conditions on an expansion.

An expansion would cover hundreds of thousands of uninsured adults.

Scarnati says one condition could require that children covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program cannot be forced by the federal government to switch into Medicaid.

Governor Corbett has continued to raise questions about the cost to Pennsylvania and opposed an expansion.

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

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