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RST: PA Health Alliance on Corbett insurance plan; Hispanic Heritage Month

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 17, 2013 3:41 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Wednesday, September 18, 2013:


Gov. Tom Corbett outlined his plan earlier this week that he says will help tens of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians get health insurance.

Under Corbett's Healthy Pennsylvania plan, Corbett would take money from the federal government and use those funds for the uninsured to purchase insurance from private insurers. 

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the federal government will compensate states 100% for five years, beginning in 2014, to expand states' Medicaid insurance programs.  Up until this week, the governor said Pennsylvania would not take the money and expand Medicaid, calling it unsustainable and adding he didn't trust Washington to fulfill their promises.  Corbett made a point of saying accepting the federal funding now is not an expansion of Medicaid.

Appearing on Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk is Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Alliance -- an organization that has been urging the governor to provide insurance to the uninsured.

Also, Hispanic Heritage Month began September 15 -- the anniversary of independence from Spain for a number of Latin American countries.

Our guest Wednesday is Gloria Vazquez Merrick, Executive Director, Latino Hispanic American Community Center.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-18 08:21

    Jim emails: Isn't the $64 billion question will the feds approve Gov. Corbett's plan? What is your best guess on this?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-09-18 08:37

    Wil emails:
    Regardless when and if there is a Medicaid expansion - Will current asset provisions continue under the expansion. For example, if you are low income and own a home will you be eligible for the Medicaid expansion.