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August 3, 2012 | By | Posted in Governor

Corbett: State still analyzing potential Medicaid expansion

By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent

SHIPPENSBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett wouldn’t say if Pennsylvania would be one of the states to move forward with the Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

But, he said the cost would be “exceptionally high.”

PA Independent asked Corbett about the law at a Friday afternoon press conference in Shippensburg.

“I can tell you we are looking at what it would cost Pennsylvania, and when I say Pennsylvania, I’m talking about everyone in here and everyone in the state, what it’s going to cost the taxpayers,” he said, gesturing to the room. “I know the cost to Pennsylvania, and the cost to the nation, is exceptionally high.”

When the U.S. Supreme Court made its decision on the federal health care law in June, Corbett said the administration would examine the law before deciding on whether or not Pennsylvania would move forward with expanding Medicaid to new segments of the population.

The Supreme Court said the federal government couldn’t withhold funding from states that didn’t move forward with the expansion.

Watch the video for Corbett’s full response:

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Melissa Daniels is a reporter for PA Independent. She can be reached at 717-350-0962 or Melissa@PAIndependent.com

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