Pa. lawmakers hear from Medicaid expansion backers

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 28, 2014 12:18 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania state lawmakers are hearing from some of the people who say they've been hurt by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's resistance to expanding Medicaid under the 2010 federal


health care law.

Several people told the House Human Services Committee today that they'd be covered under a Medicaid expansion but can't afford private insurance through the exchanges set up under the law.

The committee's chairman, suburban Philadelphia Republican Gene DiGirolamo, says the hundreds of thousands who'd be covered if Corbett expanded Medicaid include a large segment of the working poor. He says the uninsured group is "heavily tilted toward working women."

Corbett is waiting to hear back from the federal government on his plan to use Medicaid expansion dollars to provide private insurance coverage for the same group of people.

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