- Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
- Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
- GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border
- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
- U.N. rights chief: Flight MH17 downing possible war crime
- Attack on park in Gaza war kills 10, mostly children
Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett is open to Medicaid expansion if he secures reforms: report
Question of the Day
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett might expand Medicaid under the new health care law if he can secure reforms to the program first, according to a new report.
Mr. Corbett, a Republican, is among governors who have resisted calls to expand the federal-state health entitlement for the poor as envisioned by the Affordable Care Act.
The Supreme Court has ruled states can decide whether to accept federal dollars to expand enrollment to those who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
The federal government will pay for 100 percent of the expanded population in 2014-2016, before scaling back its contribution to 90 percent in 2020 and beyond.
While some GOP critics of Obamacare have been enticed by the funds, others rejected them or demanded reforms to the Medicaid program before they consider the idea.
Mr. Corbett falls into the last camp, and his administration is considering reforms such as co-pays for emergency visits and a “work-search” requirement for enrollees, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer story published with Kaiser Health News.
Mr. Corbett has also taken a look at a plan pioneered by Arkansas, in which the state would expand Medicaid by using the federal dollars to purchase private coverage for newly eligible residents on the state-based health exchange set up under Obamacare.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Medicare trust fund to last 4 years longer: Obama administration
- ACLU: Unprecedented U.S. spying has chilling effect on reporters and sources, weakens accountability
- Rep. Mike Rogers: Lock Israel-Palestine negotiators in a room
- Conservative group warns Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe not to go it alone on Medicaid expansion
- Number-crunchers put GOP chances of retaking Senate at 60 percent: report
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
By Scott Pinsker
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- D.C. police chief orders officers not to arrest legal gun owners carrying weapons in public
- Tennessee Gov. Haslam slams White House for secret dump of illegals in his state
- Babson College, BYU win top spots in Money magazine's college rankings
- CURL: Obama, staffers not even pretending any more
- Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan pushes back against cover-up
- D.C. seeks stay in order striking down ban on handguns in public
- DeSean Jackson working on offensive cohesiveness with Redskins teammates
- Ohio sheriff sends bill to Mexico for cost of jailing illegals
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq