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Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee Hosts Health Care Reform Discussion
Medicaid expansion could cover 500,000 uninsured and create 285,000
jobs in PA
On January 24, the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee held an informational, public discussion on the budgetary and economic impact of implementing the federal Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania. The event specifically focused on Medicaid expansion.
In June 2012, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act placed the decision to participate in Medicaid expansion in the hands of individual state governors and legislatures. Governor Corbett has not yet indicated if Pennsylvania will participate in Medicaid expansion.
Medicaid expansion could be a huge deal for Pennsylvania. It is a policy decision larger than any other initiative the governor has done since he took office, including the Shell cracker deal and any proposed new transportation plan, and will have a far-reaching effect on Pennsylvania's economy and health care delivery.
The expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania as part of the Affordable Care Act will:
- Infuse $4 billion federal dollars into Pennsylvania’s budget annually.
- Provide access to health insurance to a half a million Pennsylvanians.
- Create an estimated 285,000 jobs over 10 years.
- Unburden hospitals with $1 billion in uncompensated care costs.
- Reduce burden on counties who currently provide mental services to the uninsured.
The discussion was opened by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) who provided the federal perspective on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. The discussion also featured a presentation from Robin Rubowitz, an Associate Director for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
Along with members of the Senate Democratic Appropriations committee, participants in the event included:
- Pam Clarke, VP of Managed Care And Finance, Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
- Al Black from University of Pennsylvania Health System
- Richard Weishaupt and Kristen Dama - Community Legal Services
- Ann Bacharach - Special Project Director, Pa. Health Law Project
- Dr. Don Schwarz - Commissioner, Phila. Health Dept/Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity
- Dr. Arthur Evans, Department of Behavioral Health
- Sharon Ward - Pa. Budget and Policy Center
- Antoinette Kraus - Pa. Health Access Network
- Ali Kromley – SEIU
- Peter Grollman - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- Valerie Arkoosh – National Physicians Alliance
- Katherine Levins – Temple University Health System
- Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez
- Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.
- Representative from Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
- Representative from Office of Councilman Darrell Clarke
To view the round table discussion in its entirety, click here or the video below.
Learn more on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion and provide your feedback on my website at senatorhughes.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).
Offices of State
Senator Vincent Hughes