Corbett rolls out alternative Medicaid reform plan

By - Last modified: September 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM

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Contributed photo: Gov. Tom Corbett
Contributed photo: Gov. Tom Corbett

Gov. Tom Corbett has unveiled his proposal to reform Medicaid and improve access to health care for an estimated 520,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.

The governor intends to seek approval from the federal government to offer private health coverage instead of expanding the state's Medicaid rolls.

His "Healthy PA" plan contains provisions that include co-pays and work-search requirements for new and existing Medicaid recipients. The co-pays would be based on income — up to 133 percent of federal poverty — that would be capped at $25 for individuals and $35 for households.

The monthly premiums would be structured in an upwards sliding scale. They would begin above 50 percent of the federal poverty level, or $5,745 for individuals and $7,755 for households, and continue to 133 percent. The latter would be $15,282 for individuals and $20,628 for households.

The proposed cost-sharing model allows individuals to reduce their premiums when they participate in health and wellness appointments and actively engage in job search and training programs.

"To me, this is a commonsense approach," Corbett said.

 Click here to read the governor's full release.

Click here to read the Senate Democrats' statement.

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