Pa. Legislature’s analysts see benefit in Medicaid

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Fiscal analysts in the Pennsylvania Legislature say expanding Medicaid eligibility under the landmark federal health-care law would boost the state’s finances.

Tuesday’s report from the nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office was requested by Senate Democrats. The report’s conclusion echoes previous studies sponsored by health care groups that support a Medicaid expansion.

Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, has said he isn’t ready to support a Medicaid expansion because he’s worried about the cost.

Boosting Medicaid’s eligibility limits also would mean health insurance for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians.

The fiscal office says an influx of federal Medicaid subsidies will cut existing state costs and spur higher tax collections from medical providers. It says the result would be hundreds of millions of dollars more per year for state coffers.

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