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Analysts: Pennsylvania loses billions under latest GOP health bill

Written by Marc Levy/The Associated Press | Sep 22, 2017 1:49 PM
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FILE PHOTO: Protestors gather outside an office of Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., calling on him to oppose Repeal of Affordable Care Act without offering a replacement, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Independent analysts say Pennsylvania would be one of the hardest-hit states under Senate legislation that would take federal health care subsidies provided under the 2010 Affordable Care Act and redistribute it among states.

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has urged Pennsylvania's U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey to reject the bill that's scheduled for a vote next week.

Analysts including the Kaiser Family Foundation and Avalere Health say the commonwealth would lose billions of federal health care dollars, while some other states would get billions in new federal dollars.

Toomey, a Republican, hasn't said yet whether he supports it. Casey, a Democrat, opposes it.

Pennsylvania is one of 31 states that expanded Medicaid's income guidelines under Obama's 2010 law and received a more generous federal subsidy to help pay for the new coverage.

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