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Senator Vincent HughesSolution #1 for PA’s Budget Dilemma and Education Funding Crisis: Expand Medicaid and Save PA $400 Million


As you know, Pennsylvania faces a budget deficit of more than $1.3 billion that must be closed by June 30th. We know that massive cuts to vital services shouldn’t be on the table. Instead, we need to find new revenue to close the budget gap. Thankfully, there is an excellent policy option available to state lawmakers: Medicaid expansion. 

Medicaid expansion would mean accepting more than $4 billion from the federal government to provide low-cost health insurance to more than 500,000 people. The infusion of federal dollars would also mean savings of $400 million for the state budget. This should be the number one option for lawmakers seeking to fill the budget deficit.
Providing health insurance for low-income working people will also give them access to health care that they so desperately need. I’m talking about the people who work the overnight shift as a security guard, serve food in our restaurants, and provide care to seniors in nursing homes. They shouldn’t have to rely on emergency rooms for health care. Instead, they ought to be able to get health screenings, annual checkups, and regular doctor appointments without breaking the bank.

June 10, 2014: Senator Hughes Floor Remarks on Veterans Health Care Issues
July 3, 2013: Senator Hughes Floor Remarks on Medicaid Expansion

But doing Medicaid expansion will do more than help 500,000 working people who need insurance and provide a boost for the state budget. It will also create between 35,000 and 40,000 new jobs within the health-care industry. Clearly, we cannot afford to miss this opportunity. 

But doing Medicaid expansion will do more than help 500,000 working people who need insurance and provide a boost for the state budget. It will also create between 35,000 and 40,000 new jobs within the health-care industry. Clearly, we cannot afford to miss this opportunity. 

State Senator Vincent Hughes


Can Medicaid Expansion Bridge the Budget Gap? Activists say 'Yes': Tuesday Morning Coffee

June 10, 2014

TGood Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
It's no secret that Gov. Tom Corbett's critics on the left are upset with his decision to take a pass on the Medicaid expansion authorized under the federal healthcare law.

Cover the CommonwealthFrom calling him a killer to accusing him of passing up hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid, Corbett's opponents say they can't understand why he'd pass up (allegedly) free cash to add coverage for 500,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.

So as the administration waits on word from Washington on its plan to use the federal cash to move the uninsured into the private market, activists upped their game on Monday.

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Rally Calls for Medicaid Expansion in Pa.

June 9, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - While Obamacare is growing across the country, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is still pushing his own health care plan - and opponents say this means nearly a half-million people in the state don't have coverage.

Advocates who rallied Monday inside the Capital said that if Corbett would accept Medicaid expansion, it would solve both the coverage gap and a budget gap north of a billion dollars.

Corbett is still waiting for approval from the federal government for his Healthy Pennsylvania plan.

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Medicaid Expansion: A Way to Cut State Deficit?

June 10, 2014

Strengthening MedicaidGovernor Corbett is still waiting to hear from the federal government whether Pennsylvania will have to expand its Medicaid  program, but organizations supporting the move are urging the administration to move now.

The Cover the Commonwealth Campaign called a news conference Monday in the state capitol. Members say expanding Medicaid  before June 30 would help cover part of the state's expected $1.3 billion dollar deficit.

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Medicaid Murmurings: Some Republicans Now See Expansion as a Good Deal

June 9, 2014

Even some members of Gov. Tom Corbett’s own Republican Party have come to the conclusion that expanding the federal Medicaid program under Obamacare is the best way to help working Pennsylvanians.

On Wednesday, three members of the state House Human Services committee voted with nine Democrats to advance a Medicaid expansion bill. That’s not the tectonic shift necessary among Harrisburg Republicans to turn odds in favor of the measure in the full House, but it’s a start. There will be plenty of pressure to do something in the coming weeks as lawmakers try to close a $1.2 billion gap in the 2014-15 budget, as impatience grows over the uncertain future of Mr. Corbett’s Medicaid alternative called Healthy PA and as the November election approaches.

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Learn more on the Medicaid Expansion and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
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Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
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