The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 16, 2013

Governor to propose Medicaid deal to federal government

By Marc Levy
The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will become the 10th Republican governor to support bringing federal Medicaid expansion dollars to their state in a bid to extend health insurance to hundreds of thousands of working poor.

Corbett, who's expected to make the announcement this afternoon, is a conservative and a critic of Medicaid who sued to overturn President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Corbett will insist on a deal similar to one being sought by Iowa and Arkansas in which federal Medicaid dollars pay the premiums for newly eligible adults to get private insurance on the new health care exchanges. Corbett will argue that that doesn't amount to a Medicaid expansion.

The money becomes available Jan. 1. But it's not yet clear whether the Obama administration will agree to Corbett's conditions.