Casey asks Corbett to expand Medicaid

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 7, 2013 4:50 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's junior U.S. senator is asking Governor Corbett to embrace a Medicaid expansion to provide health insurance to hundreds of thousands of the commonwealth's working poor. 

In a Thursday letter provided to The Associated Press, Casey warned Corbett that refusing a Medicaid expansion unnecessarily penalizes people who'd otherwise have coverage beginning January 1st.

Corbett, a Republican, is a critic of Medicaid and President Obama's signature law that pledges federal funding to largely underwrite coverage for millions of Americans.

Casey, a Democrat, supports it.

Meanwhile, Corbett is asking the Obama administration for permission to use Medicaid expansion money to instead subsidize private health insurance for Pennsylvania's working poor.

Casey says the governor should expand Medicaid while he explores this avenue.

A Corbett spokesman says the senator should help Corbett secure federal approval of his plan.

This story was updated at 11/7/13  5:5:4 p.m.

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