Public Health Officials Appeal to State Lawmakers to
Expand Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Program
September 12, 2013
PHILADELPHIA- Our speaker is
Senator Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia, who participated in a roundtable
discussion this week sponsored by the Philadelphia Alliance.
Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 50 organizations who provide
service to children and adults with mental health conditions, substance abuse
disorders, and/or intellectual disabilities.
participating in the roundtable were representatives of the Delaware Valley
Healthcare Council of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, Congresso de
Latinos Unidos, Inc., Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Pennsylvania Health
Access Network, and SEIU Healthcare Pa.
and Representative Eugene DiGirolamo of Bucks County were on the receiving end
of the information and appeals made by the public health officials and advocacy
Medicaid expansion would mean several good things to Pennsylvania: Health care coverage would be available to more than 500,000 low income working Pennsylvanians; Upwards of
40,000 health care related jobs would be created statewide; 100% of the cost to
expand Medicaid would be funded by the federal government for the first three
years, 95% for the next three years, and 90% after that; Expanding the state’s
Medicaid program would also greatly assist hospitals who brunt the financial
cost of caring for those people without health insurance; and, it would
stimulate nearly $3 billion in new economic activity each year.
Republican-controlled House of Representatives declined to act on a
Senate-passed bill to expand Medicaid in June, Senator Hughes remains
optimistic that something will get done when the state legislature returns to
Harrisburg later this month.
says in addition to all of the reasons cited by public health officials for
expanding the health insurance program, most importantly, it will literally
save the lives of people who right now cannot afford health insurance on their
own and whose employer does not provide it.
Senate and House of Representatives return to session September 23rd.