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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 25th:
Governor Corbett's budget plan is banking on more than $100 million in new revenue now that small games of chance -- like pull-tabs and raffles -- are being expanded into Pennsylvania bars and taverns.
But only six of the thousands of newly eligible establishments in the state have reportedly applied so far.
At one recent budget hearing, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman said, "This rollout's worse than Obamacare."
So why are the applications off to such a slow start, despite heavy lobbying from the tavern industry to get the bill passed? We'll find out when Amy Christie, director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage Association, joins us on Smart Talk.
Later in the show, we'll discuss two new studies that show many of the state's nursing homes are being pushed to the brink of financial collapse.
By the year 2020 one in four Pennsylvanians will be age 60 or older. Two-thirds of nursing home residents are Medicaid patients and the data show unreimbursed Medicaid costs in Pennsylvania will exceed $470 million this fiscal year.
Dr. Stuart Shapiro, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, is one of many sounding the alarm. He and Genesis HealthCare Vice President Paul McGuire will join us on Smart Talk to discuss what Pennsylvania lawmakers can do to help ensure access to quality long-term care in the state.
From left to right: Paul McGuire, Genesis HealthCare Vice President and Dr. Stuart Shapiro, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association
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