HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett says he doesn’t think it’s a good idea to expand Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program under the federal health care law unless Washington gives his administration more flexibility to manage it.
Corbett said today in the text of his budget speech that the expansion will be financially unsustainable for Pennsylvania taxpayers without serious changes. He says that, as a result, he can’t “recommend” what he calls a dramatic Medicaid expansion.
He also says the federal government must give a clear answer about what the expansion would cost taxpayers, and he says it shouldn’t stop sending millions of dollars to Pennsylvania hospitals as leverage.
Democrats and health-care advocates say it’ll save the state tax money it’s already spending and provide a big boost to Pennsylvania’s health care sector.