Governor asks Federal Government for Medicaid Reform
HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Corbett today sent a letter requesting the federal government begin efforts toward serious reform of a the Medicaid program. He made the announcement during his budget address in Harrisburg.
Corbett said, “Washington is asking us to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, without any clear guidance for reasonable assurances. Today I sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, advising her of our position. We need to work together to provide access to greater and affordable health care for all Pennsylvania families. However, Washington must provide a clear answer about what this expansion would cost the taxpayers of our state.”
Corbett said the Medicaid program in Pennsylvania is on an unsustainable path. He said, “We also should not permit the federal government to take away millions of dollars from our hospitals as leverage to implement their one-size-fits-all policies. So at this time, without serious reforms, it would be financially unsustainable for the taxpayer and I can not recommend a dramatic Medicaid expansion.”
The letter to Health and Human Services, along with a fact sheet on Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania and cost estimates, can be found by clicking on “Affordable Care Act News” on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s website at www.dpw.state.pa.us. (Ali Stevens)