Like all states, Pennsylvania must redesign its health care infrastructure regardless of whether it expands Medicaid. There is no reason that the expansion could not take effect in January 2014 if policymakers allocate the federal dollars in the 2013-14 budget. Read a fact sheet about the expansion in Pennsylvania.
It will help to move Pennsylvania and the nation from a system that is riddled with coverage gaps, where individuals get necessary health care at the last minute and at the highest cost to themselves and health care institutions, to one which emphasizes health, wellness and prevention," Sharon Ward testified before the House Human Services Committee.
In PBPC's latest webinar, health care experts update you on the expansion of Medicaid health coverage in Pennsylvania and what is being done to make it a reality in Pennsylvania. Watch the webinar and download the PowerPoint presentation.
Pennsylvania has an unparalleled opportunity to expand health coverage to between 600,000 and 800,000 hardworking low-income Pennsylvanians, lowering the state's uninsured rate by over 50% and giving the state's health care economy a shot in the arm.
Last month, Governor Chris Christie announced that New Jersey would accept federal funds to extend Medicaid health coverage to more than 300,000 New Jerseyans because it was “the smart thing to do for our fiscal and public health.” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett should follow his lead.
The proposed public welfare budget brings with it little of the controversy of the past two budgets. The one exception is the continued assault on health care services. The proposal fails to build in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act — a move that jeopardizes billions of dollars in federal funding.