HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A newspaper says Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's Health PA, an alternative to expanding Medicaid, will require the state to hire more than 700 new employees.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday (http://bit.ly/1sl8M71 ) that the figure was far higher than most states have experienced and came as a surprise to some experts in public policy.
Corbett's public welfare secretary tells the paper most of the new hires would be caseworkers in offices scattered around the state.
Secretary Bev Mackereth says the expanded workforce would cost $30.5 million in the first fiscal year, with the federal government paying much of the cost.
Mackereth tells the paper the personnel cost needs to be considered in the context of the roughly $125 million the administration believes would be saved through the Healthy PA program.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com