Pa. hospitals press lawmakers for Medicaid bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s hospitals are in the state Capitol lobbying for legislation to potentially expand Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of adult Pennsylvanians under the 2010 federal health care law.

Andy Carter, the president and chief executive of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, said Saturday that the bill is crucial to ensuring that hospitals get help covering their costs to care for the uninsured.

The association says hospitals are going to lose $1 billion in the coming years in federal aid under a separate provision of the federal law, and if the Medicaid expansion doesn’t pass, even more hospitals will face losses and cutbacks.

The bill won approval from a Senate committee Friday night and is expected to pass the full chamber later this weekend. But support for it is uncertain from Gov. Tom Corbett and the more conservative state House.

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