HARRISBURG - A state House committee advanced a bill Wednesday to immediately expand Medicaid eligibility to more than a half-million uninsured Pennsylvanians.
The Human Services Committee approved the bill on a 12-11 vote, with three Republicans, including Rep. Gene DiGirolamo of Bucks County, supporting expansion.
DiGirolamo, the committee chairman, said he believed budgetary pressures could open the door for the bill to pass the House this month, despite opposition from other Republican leaders and Gov. Corbett.
Accepting full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act would bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the state at a time when the legislature and governor are trying to find ways to plug a $1.2 billion deficit by July 1.