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Questions abound over Corbett's Medicaid plan

September 17, 2013
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Numerous questions remain about Gov. Tom Corbett's plan to use federal Medicaid expansion dollars in Pennsylvania.

Key among those questions is how the private insurance policies that Corbett wants the money to buy are supposed to be paid for by a Medicaid program whose coverage typically costs a lot less.

Corbett administration officials hope private-sector competition will force prices down. But Joan Alker, the executive director of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families in Washington, D.C., says it's an open question.

Medicaid reimbursements are typically lower than private insurance pays, and Medicaid doesn't take profits.

Also, analysts say Corbett's desire to require able-bodied Medicaid enrollees to search for jobs and to impose premiums on people who earn below 100 percent of the poverty level aren't allowed by law.



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