Corbett seeks federal OK for alternative Medicaid plan

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 5, 2013 4:03 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett will begin the formal process of seeking approval to bring billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars to Pennsylvania to extend health insurance to 500,000 working poor.

The process will begin tomorrow with the online posting of Corbett's plan.
His administration also will hold six hearings around Pennsylvania and take public comment on the plan through January 13th, before it submits it to the federal government, possibly in February.

Under President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the federal government promises to foot the lion's share of the bill for any state that expands Medicaid to cover more low-income adults.

However, Corbett is a critic of Medicaid and instead wants to use the expansion money for private insurance plans, an idea the federal government approved in Arkansas.

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