PA Governor Corbett Meets with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Wed Apr 3, 2013 10:44am EDT

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HARRISBURG, Pa.,  April 3, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett
met last night with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary 
Kathleen Sebelius, seeking answers to questions around the implementation of the
Affordable Care Act in  Pennsylvania.  

"We had a meaningful discussion around increasing access to affordable, quality
health care in a way that would lessen the burden on the state's taxpayers in
the long-term," Corbett said. "I want to thank the secretary for her time and
attention to our questions."

The meeting was intended to clarify information and answer additional questions
that came up as a result of correspondence between the state and the U.S.
Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on the topics of Medicaid expansion
and the implementation of a federally-facilitated health insurance exchange in 
Pennsylvania.

Corbett reiterated his long-standing goal to increase access to affordable
healthcare coverage options for Pennsylvanians, but made it clear that without
meaningful reform of the Medicaid program expansion remains an unsustainable
option for  Pennsylvania  taxpayers.

The governor sought answers to several key questions, including verification
that the 100 percent federal match is available for the commonwealth.

He also requested information around using the private insurance market to
expand coverage in  Pennsylvania, similar to what  Arkansas  and  Tennessee  are
pursuing, coupled with significant reforms to  Pennsylvania's current Medicaid
program to protect the program for those citizens who need it the most.

"Until we know whether or not significant reform is possible, I continue to have
concerns that  Pennsylvania's Medicaid program will be able to serve, in a
sustainable manner, the approximately one in four Pennsylvanians that would be
covered under a full expansion," Corbett said.  

Corbett indicated that he will await further information from HHS and that no
further decisions will be made at this time.

Media contact:   Christine Cronkright, Governor's Office, 717-783-1116

SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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