Monday, July 1, 2013

Medicaid Expansion and Dept. of Public Welfare Name Change Killed in the PA House!

The House Rules Committee, chaired by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) voted to remove language forcing Governor Tom Corbett to create a Medicaid expansion plan. It went down on a party-line vote.

They also stopped a proposed name change in the same welfare code bill that would have switched the "Department of Public Welfare" to the "Department of Human Services."

Now that expansion has been stricken from the Welfare code bill it will still need to go before the House and then back to the Senate for concurrence. It is possible that Senators could put the expansion language back in the bill, but with no known leverage to change the minds of the Republicans on the House Rules Committee, it is highly doubtful that they will continue to push for Medicaid expansion.

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