PHILADELPHIA (CBS)– 1210 WPHT’s Dom Giordano spoke with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on the hot topic of Washington expanding Medicaid. Corbett says he believes “there is a Pennsylvania solution for Pennsylvania,” and Washington is trying to […]
Governor Corbett has heretofore resisted calls to embrace an expansion of Medicaid, citing concerns about whether the federal government will remain committed to funding levels.
“A brand new day is coming,” said Kathleen Sebelius, referring to October 1st, when people without health care coverage will be eligible to enroll in a “marketplace” to buy affordable health insurance.
Several health coverage and care options are now available for individuals and families in lower income brackets.
Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania is on hold for the summer as the state Senate backed away from its standoff with the House on the issue.
The House back in March passed a liquor privatization bill and now the concept has cleared a major hurdle in the Senate, in the form of an amendment to the House bill passed early Saturday morning.
Democrats in the legislature have vowed to try to force a vote on the expansion of Medicaid, something that Governor Corbett continues to resist.
Democrats are vowing to take any opportunity to try to force a vote and one of those opportunities came in the state House yesterday. Democrats tried to offer a Medicaid amendment to the budget.
“We want to take that big abstract number — 700,000 — and show these are real faces, these are real lives,” said one demonstration leader.
Gov. Tom Corbett is pressing the federal government for an exemption that he said will prevent about 70,000 Pennsylvania children in a state-subsidized health insurance program from having to switch to Medicaid, although a public interest law center challenging Corbett’s claims said the children will be better off under Medicaid.
Chris reviews the Phillie’s third straight loss to the Pirates and the Eagles selection of Lane Johnson in the first round of the NFL Draft. He also discusses the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the chances that Kermit Gosnell could be acquitted. He talks to Ray Didinger from CSN Philly, Steve Cordasco on Finance Friday, and Lesley Van Arsdall from CBS 3.
A new report from an independent agency created by the state legislature, and a warning from the state welfare secretary, add to the debate over whether Pennsylvania should opt for Medicaid expansion under the new federal health care law.
About 100 protesters marched from Philadelphia City Hall to Corbett’s regional office at Broad and Walnut Streets, demanding that he agree to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 700,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.
Chris details the Phillies second straight loss to start the season, the fallout from Rutgers decision to fire men’s basketball coach Mike Rice, and NBC’s decision to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon. He also talks to Comedian Christopher Titus and to Author C.W. Anderson about his book, Rebuliding the News.
Corbett spokeswoman Christine Cronkright says the governor and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had a “meaningful discussion” in Washington Tuesday evening.