(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett's Health PA, an alternative to expanding Medicaid, will require the state to hire more than 700 new employees.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the figure was far higher than most states have experienced and came as a surprise to some experts in public policy.
State Department of Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth tells the paper most of the new hires would be caseworkers in offices scattered around the state.
She says the expanded workforce would cost $30.5 million in the first fiscal year, with the federal government paying much of the cost.
Mackereth adds the personnel cost needs to be considered in the context of the roughly $125 million the administration believes would be saved through the Healthy PA program.
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