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PHAN Issues Statement on Senate Vote to Advance Medicaid Expansion

July 1, 2013

Full Senate Passes Medicaid Expansion Amendment 

Harrisburg, PA (June 30, 2013) — Today, the Pennsylvania Senate took the first step in bringing the benefits of Medicaid Expansion — for families, hospitals, and our economy — to Pennsylvania. The full Senate voted with bipartisan support to amend the current welfare code to include Medicaid Expansion. 

Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network made the following statement in response to the Senate vote.
 
“The Senate vote today puts Pennsylvania on the path to creating 40,000 new, good-paying jobs, generating more than $4 billion in savings for our state budget over the next decade, protecting the fiscal health of our hospitals and most importantly: expanding health care coverage to more than half-a-million Pennsylvanians. With strong bipartisan support, the Senate voted to protect Pennsylvania’s fiscal and physical health.

Members of the House should follow the Senate’s lead in making the fiscally responsible choice to use new federal funds to expand coverage, create jobs, and protect the health of our hospitals and our families.”