Health-care provision stripped

Posted: July 03, 2013

HARRISBURG - House Republicans followed through yesterday on their threat to kill a provision written by the state Senate to require Gov. Corbett to seek federal approval for an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to provide taxpayer-paid health care to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

A key House committee stripped the provision from a wider budget-related bill, and the GOP-controlled chamber sent the bill to the Senate late yesterday on a vote of 108-94. A spokesman for House Republican leaders said they disagree with the legislation because it undercuts the Corbett administration's ability to extract concessions from the federal government on how a Medicaid expansion would work.

Leaders of the Senate's Republican majority have not said yet how they will respond when senators return to Harrisburg today or tomorrow.

"After the House completes its work on all of the remaining budget-related bills, we will review our options and make a determination on how to best proceed," Senate GOP spokesman Erik Arneson said.

- Associated Press

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