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PA Senate turns down second vote on Medicaid bill

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 3, 2013 12:39 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The state Senate majority leader says Governor Corbett would veto a bill requiring him to seek federal approval for an expansion of Medicaid eligibility by Oct. 1.

Senator Dominic Pileggi made the comments earlier today before a Senate committee voted along partisan lines not to advance the provision.

Senators overwhelmingly approved the provision in budget-related legislation Sunday night, in an 11th-hour effort to force the House and Corbett to support it, but House Republicans stripped it out two days ago.

Expanding Medicaid under a 2010 federal health care law would extend coverage to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

Pileggi noted that the chamber is at an impasse with the House and that the budget-related bill can't wait because it also seeks $1 billion in federal money for hospitals.

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