HARRISBURG - A Senate panel late Friday approved a bill that would authorize Medicaid expansion in the state as part of the annual budget.
By a vote of 9-2, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted out an amendment to the welfare code that would clear the way for as many as 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians to be covered under the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
The vote may signal a shift on the issue. Gov. Corbett has been reluctant to accept Medicaid expansion, warning of expenses for the state in future years as the federal share of the cost decreases. But he let it be known Friday he would consider the language the committee - led by his fellow Republicans - approved.