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Smart Talk: PA's Medicaid waiver and disputed natural gas royalties

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Feb 26, 2014 3:46 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, February 27th:


Pennsylvania has formally submitted its Medicaid waiver application to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The so-called Healthy PA plan would create a new private coverage option for an estimated 500,000 low-income Pennsylvanians, who are currently uninsured, while overhauling the existing Medicaid program.

Governor Corbett expects the changes to save the state $125 million, and he's optimistic the feds will approve the waiver by the time a new budget is signed. The new private insurance option would begin January 1, 2015.

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth will join us on Smart Talk to discuss the waiver and what it would mean for low-income Pennsylvanians.

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DPW Secretary Bev Mackereth

Later, we'll discuss the allegations of fraud being leveled against Chesapeake Energy, Pennsylvania's biggest natural gas driller.  Many landowners are filing complaints against the company for alleged underpayments in royalties. Chesapeake Energy has faced similar allegations in other areas of the country.

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Marie Cusick and Bradford County Commissioner Chairman Doug McLinko will appear on the show to discuss the allegations and public officials' response.

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  • John Easton img 2014-02-27 09:49

    It's no surprise that this is happening, the governor has given these companies carte blanche. The gas companies know that you do what they want.