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Corbett seeks US nod for alternative Medicaid plan

Published On: Dec 06 2013 08:45:02 AM CST
Tom Corbett

Pennsylvania Office of the Gov.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Governor Tom Corbett will begin the formal process of seeking approval to bring billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars to Pennsylvania to extend health insurance to half-a-million working poor.

The process began Friday with the online posting of Corbett's plan. His administration also will hold six hearings around Pennsylvania and take public comment on the plan through Jan. 13 before it submits it to the federal government, possibly in February.

Under President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the federal government promises to foot the lion's share of the bill for any state that expands Medicaid to cover more low-income adults.

However, Corbett is a critic of Medicaid and instead wants to use the expansion money for private insurance plans, an idea the federal government approved in Arkansas.