US approves Pennsylvania Medicaid plan

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A half-a-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get access to federally funded health insurance.

Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agreed to a plan on Thursday to make Pennsylvania the 27th state to accept Medicaid expansion money under the landmark 2010 federal health care law.

The money became available last Jan. 1.

But the Republican governor is heavily critical of President Barack Obama’s signature law, and he had refused to accept the money without securing changes to give the coverage some characteristics of private insurance.

Coverage will be administered through private insurers, but it must adhere to Medicaid’s rules.

Low-income childless adults primarily will gain the coverage, which would start Jan. 1. Corbett is facing an uphill battle to win re-election Nov. 4.

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