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PHAN Issues Statement on Governor Kasich's Decision to Move Forward with Medicaid Expansion in Ohio

February 4, 2013

PHAN Issues Statement on Governor Kasich’s Decision to Move Forward with Medicaid Expansion in Ohio

HARRISBURG, PA (February 4, 2013) – Today, Ohio Republican Governor and Pennsylvania native John Kasich became the fifth GOP Governor to accept federal funding to extend Medicaid coverage in his state.

Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, issued the following statement:

“We applaud Governor Kasich’s decision to accept federal funds to bring health coverage to hundreds of thousands of working families in Ohio. We hope Governor Corbett will follow the leadership of his colleague.

Pennsylvania, like Ohio has the opportunity to accept new federal funding to extend health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of hardworking Pennsylvanians and reduce the state’s uninsured population by more than half.  This opportunity would enable Pennsylvania to cover working adults making up to $15,415 for an individual or a family of four making $31,809.

By seizing this opportunity, Pennsylvania will be able to bring in $43.3 billion in new Medicaid funds over the next ten years — money that will be injected directly into Pennsylvania’s economy and used to create jobs, relieve the burden on local hospitals and build our health care workforce.

Governor Corbett has the chance to bring  coverage and health care security for hundreds of thousands of working Moms and Dads, all while stimulating our local economy, creating local jobs and saving Pennsylvania taxpayers  hundreds of millions of dollars currently spent each year to treat the uninsured emergency rooms. This is an opportunity the Commonwealth cannot afford to pass up.”