In an editorial, The Philadelphia Inquirer raises a number of good questions about Governor Corbett's Medicaid proposal and makes the right call in saying an expansion of health care in Pennsylvania cannot wait
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) show that Pennsylvanians have not made up for health insurance coverage lost during the Great Recession. Medicaid expansion is needed now more than ever, PBPC Director Sharon Ward said today.
Governor Corbett said that Pennsylvania's Medicaid program was costlier than other states. It is important to understand that very few healthy adults receive Medicaid coverage in Pennsylvania, with most enrollees being children, seniors, and people with disabilities who cost more to cover.
Governor Tom Corbett announced a plan today that would expand health coverage in Pennsylvania but also institute new requirements for Medicaid enrollees that could make it more difficult for people to access health coverage.
A methodologically flawed study from the Cato Institute reinforces the stereotype of low-income Americans living high on the hog at the expense of the working class taxpayer. Sharon Ward takes the study apart and sets the record straight.
If a health insurer does not spend 80% to 85% of premium dollars on direct medical care, it must provide rebates to consumers under the health reform law. In 2012, insurers provided $6.9 million in rebates to 123,581 Pennsylvania consumers — an average of $77 per family.
The Pennsylvania Legislature has approved and the Governor has signed a 2013-14 state budget that spends $28.376 billion. The biggest change in the final budget from the Governor’s February plan is an increase in Medicaid Capitation payments, which funds the managed care providers.
“There is little to celebrate in this budget," says PBPC Director Sharon Ward. "It fails to adequately address the enormity of the funding crisis facing Pennsylvania schools. 80 percent of the cuts to classrooms are left intact, and that means higher property taxes and even larger class sizes in our schools.