Penn­syl­va­nia Gov. Tom Cor­bett

Modern Healthcare - - REFORM UPDATE -

The Repub­li­can GOP gov­er­nor, who’s trail­ing in the polls in his re-elec­tion contest, re­ceived CMS ap­proval Aug. 28 for his Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion plan. He orig­i­nally op­posed ex­tend­ing cov­er­age to low-in­come adults. The CMS granted a five-year waiver for the plan, of­fer­ing cov­er­age through man­aged-care plans to more than 500,000 res­i­dents start­ing Jan. 1. It will bring in about $38 bil­lion in fed­eral fund­ing over 10 years. New ben­e­fi­cia­ries above the poverty level will pay pre­mi­ums. But Cor­bett’s pro­posal to tie Med­i­caid el­i­gi­bil­ity to em­ploy­ment was nixed.

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