Corbett administration, HHS negotiate Medicaid plan

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Sep 28, 2013 3:34 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Corbett administration and the federal Department of Health and Human Services are negotiating the state's plan to use federal Medicaid expansion dollars to help low-income Pennsylvanians buy health insurance on the federal exchange.

But neither Governor Corbett nor HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius attended the first meeting in Baltimore.

Appearing on witf's Radio Pennsylvania program "Ask the Governor," Corbett said it's too early in the process.

He also defended his proposed work-search requirement, calling it a reasonable reform.

"This is, and you've heard the president say it a number of times, this is for the working poor. We believe it's a good program for working poor. But there are certain members that are not working, and we'd like to help them find a job, get a job," Corbett says.

"If they don't have the training for it, we're going to work on getting them the training."

Corbett says his plan includes a condition that would allow Pennsylvania to back out of the agreement if the federal government doesn't live up to its funding commitment.

There is no timetable for a decision from HHS.

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