Corbett Frustrated With Fed Over Medicaid Talks

HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett is expressing frustration with the federal government’s apparent unwillingness to accept his entire plan to use billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars to subsidize private health insurance policies for hundreds of thousands of working poor in Pennsylvania. Corbett said he’s getting to his breaking point with the Obama Administration. At issue is a Monday conference call between the Corbett Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Corbett aides say they received discouraging signals about elements of the plan. The Corbett Administration is seeking more expansive changes than any other state to the Medicaid expansion under the 2010 federal health care law. That includes waiving Medicaid’s consumer protection rules on benefits and networks for the private insurance plans that would be funded by expansion dollars.

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