The Senate passed Medicaid Expansion (with huge bipartisan support, 40-10) in a code bill that accompanies our state budget, and sent the bill back to the House for final approval. Unfortunately, a small minority in the House stripped Medicaid Expansion back out, and blocked efforts to allow all members to vote on it.
We want to be clear about 2 things:
Most importantly, this is not a defeat. Just like the fight to pass health care reform — which had many victories and defeats along the way — it’s a process. We will win.
Take a minute to sign our thank you card to the 40 Senators who voted to advance Medicaid Expansion.
And that brings me to the 2nd thing – you have a lot to be proud of. We are set up to win. A plan of attack is already being discussed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. That’s because thousands of you went to rallies, made calls, sent emails, donated money, and showed your support in other ways.
PHAN will continue to mobilize both its partners and individuals like you until Medicaid Expansion is a reality in Pennsylvania. We want our lawmakers to know there are No Excuses for rejecting this opportunity! We’ve got an incredible action plan put together to maintain momentum and WIN Medicaid expansion once and for all.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will leave for the summer without first finishing the important job they had to do in Harrisburg. We won’t let them make such an egregious mistake again.
We’re confident we will win, but that’s because we’re counting on you fighting with us.
Join us for a special call on Monday, July 8th at 12:00PM. Hear about the plans we’re making and please bring any ideas and suggestion you have with you. We’re in this fight together until the 700,000 lives on the line enjoy the security of knowing they can see a doctor when they need to.
We are proud to be fighting this with you. Thank you for all the tremendous work you’ve done the past few months and for helping us lay the foundation for victory!