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Frankel reintroduces Medicaid expansion legislation

By - Last modified: March 8, 2013 at 12:18 PM

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny County, has reintroduced legislation to require Pennsylvania to participate in Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a news release.

It would cover uninsured residents below 133 percent of the federal poverty level, would come with $37 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years and result in 41,000 jobs, according to the release from Frankel, the House Democratic Caucus chairman.

Frankel also said in the statement Thursday that he is introducing an amendment that would opt the state out of the expansion if the federal government reverses course on funding almost all of the costs.

Gov. Tom Corbett in February said in excerpts from a letter to the head of the federal Department of Health and Human Services that without Medicaid reforms, an expansion would be "financially unsustainable" for taxpayers in Pennsylvania.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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