Watch: Should Pennsylvania expand Medicaid?
Nell McCormack Abom | 04.09.13
Should Pennsylvania join dozens of other states that have chosen to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? It could provide health insurance coverage to 340,000 Pennsylvanians who currently lack an affordable option. Gov. Tom Corbett has been reluctant to expand the rolls because he fears it could leave Pennsylvania taxpayers on the hook for $500 million a year more in ever-growing Medicaid costs. Experts delve into the Medicaid debate in this episode of Smart Talk.
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Corbett said, “Until we know whether or not significant reform is possible, I continue to have concerns that Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program will be able to serve, in a sustainable manner, the approximately one in four Pennsylvanians that would be covered under a full expansion.” He noted that until he gets more information from HHS, "no further decisions will be made at this time." However, the governor expressed interest in using the private insurance market to expand coverage to the uninsured. Arkansas and Tennessee, he pointed out, are pursuing that approach.
The program guests include:
- Martin Ciccocioppo, vice president of research for the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.
- Joining him in supporting Medicaid expansion from an economic, health policy and moral perspective is Antoinette Kraus, project manager of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network.
- Presenting the opposing argument will be Priya Abraham, a senior policy analyst at the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives.
- Chris Comisac, deputy bureau chief for Capitolwire, an online subscription news service, recently wrote a comprehensive analysis piece in which he crunched the Medicaid numbers.
Read more about the guests that appear in this program and Medicaid expansion in PA here.
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