Harrisburg, PA (February 4, 2014) – Today the Corbett Administration released their proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network issued the following statement in response:
"Governor Cobett’s proposed budget is a step in the wrong direction for the health of Pennsylvania families. While other states are using the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion to increase access to healthcare right away, Pennsylvania continues to advance a complicated and complex plan that delays healthcare access for a year to 500,000 working families and reduces coverage for seniors, people with disabilities and other vulnerable people already in Medicaid.
Medicaid is a cost effective program proven to provide quality care to seniors, children and people with disabilities. Cutting health options of vulnerable Pennsylvanians risks the long-term health and well-being of families in our Commonwealth.
Expanding coverage right away -- as all of our neighboring states have done -- will not only protect hundreds of thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians who will finally have access to stable, affordable health coverage, but will also generate $522 million in state budget savings in 2014 and keep us on track to create 35,000 new, good-paying jobs across the Commonwealth. Further delay leaves much needed economic revenue on the table and leaves hundreds of thousands of hardworking Pennsylvanians facing another year uninsured."
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