Corbett plan will test federal agency on Medicaid

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 14, 2014 6:39 AM

(Harrisburg) --  Billions of dollars, better health care for Pennsylvania's working poor and election-year politics are riding on Governor Corbett's bid to draw down Medicaid expansion money under the 2010 federal health care law.

The federal government's public comment period ended Friday and closed-door negotiations are expected to begin soon on Corbett's 124-page plan submitted in February.

The outcome is anything but certain.

People who analyze and consult on states' Medicaid plans say Corbett's application is asking the federal government to break new ground on Medicaid policy.

But it's not clear yet whether the federal government is ready to allow that, and it may reject major changes he wants to make.

If that happens, Corbett could be forced to decide whether to take the federal government's offer.

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